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Eclectic mix of moody portraits and landscapes

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Killarney Camera Club had a huge response to its recent ‘moody’ themed competition attracting an eclectic mix of portraits and landscapes.

The top three in the Unrestricted category were:

1st Place: Terry MacSweeney, Image 20, Storm Brewing, 168 points
2nd Place: Julia Deady, Image 21, Moody Arthurs, 160 points
3rd Place: Conor Healy, Image 14, Ross Castle Pier, 158 points

Terry gave an insight into the photographic process of his sublime winning image of the iconic 1903 Sunbeam wreck on Rossbeigh strand with its ghostly skeletal ribs jutting out from the sands.

“Following storms in the winter of 2017 the Sunbeam wreck was washed away from the beach at Rossbeigh and I was resigned to thinking that I would never get to photograph it again," Terry said.

"Luckily I met a friend who told me that it had actually been washed down to the island at the end of the beach. The island was only accessible at low tide and my friend and I took some photos of the wreck when the tide came in. It was quite atmospheric with distant ominous storm clouds creating a fitting backdrop to the wreck, as it floated on the incoming tide. I didn't mind getting soaked by the sea as I took my photographs which turned out to be the last ones I would take of the Sunbeam. A few days later, storms broke the wreck up even more. A small fragment of it can still be seen at low tide at the far end of the island."

A video of the trip is on his YouTube channel www.youtube.com/TerryMacSweeney.

Conor Healy's image 'Ross Castle Pier', taken on the pier at Ross Castle the day after Storm Eunice, also won the Novice category with 158 points.

"The water level was extremely high. It was a 25 second exposure taken at 5.30p," he said.

Other winners in the Novice category: 2nd place: Eoin Foley, Image 4, Fight Night, 146 points and 3rd place: Maryann Heidtke, Image 18, Sean,141 points.

Check out all the competition entries on www.killarneycamerclub.ie. The club continues to meet fortnightly on Thursday night via Zoom and new members are always welcome. Anyone interested in joining can email secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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