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Exhibition of Kilcummin children’s artwork marks final event of Pride in Peatlands project

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An exhibition of artwork at the Kilcummin Rural Development Group office opens on Saturday 3pm, showcasing the creative work of children from Coolick, Anabla and Kilcummin Primary Schools.

The show features clay pieces, cyanotypes, poetry and a creative map of Kilcummin bog, all inspired and informed by the children’s visits to their local bog and created in collaboration with Kerry artists Zoe Uí Fhaoláin Green and Emer Fallon.

The exhibition will open with music from local musician Kirill Healy and features voices from the Kilcummin Community sharing their memories and stories of the bog. As part of the event members of the community will be invited to hang their hopes and wishes for the bog’s future on a creative wishing tree.

The exhibition is the last in a series of events taking place as part of the Pride in our Peatlands project, funded by Kerry County Council with a Creative Ireland Grant. Previous events included a guided biodiversity walk and talk on Kilcummin Bog, a creative community session in Kilcummin village with a talk from Thomas Canavan of Tralee Wetlands, and a series of school visits and creative workshops.

Artists Zoe Uí Fhaoláin Green and Emer Fallon are particularly grateful for the support the project has received from the community.

“We really appreciate how the teachers and schools of Kilcummin gave their time and support to facilitating the school visits. The bog is such a special place, and the work that the Rural Development Group does in maintaining and highlighting the walking routes up there is amazing. We hope the project has highlighted how precious Kilcummin Bog is. We know we’ve gained a deeper understanding not only of the vital role our peatlands play in our delicate ecosystem, but also of the depth of the connection between communities and their peatlands,” said a Kilcummin Rural Development spokesperson.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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