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Festival celebrated all aspects of film making



By Michelle Crean

Aine Morarty, Amy Huberman and Sophie Shrestha at Kerry Film Festival over the weekend.

Sarah Connellan, Joanne Hagerty and Grace O'Donnell.


Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) presented over 30 events in Killarney and Dingle and the team - who announced award winners over the weekend - were overwhelmed with the level of interest and support they received.

Over four days there was huge number of attendees at screenings, events and KIFF industry talks as well as via the phenomenal support the festival received from local businesses, hoteliers, sponsors and supporters.

KIFF 2022 received the largest number of film submissions to date which resulted in a dynamic programme that attracted audiences, filmmakers, industry talent and film enthusiasts from near and far. The festival was delighted to host a selection of sold-out screenings across the four days of the festival, including the powerful and moving opening film 'Tarrac'.

"This was by far our biggest festival to date, and we are so grateful to the Kerry and Irish film community for coming out in droves to support the festival," Programme Director, Eibh Collins, said. "We look forward to seeing everyone back next year for KIFF 2023, from October 19 – 22."


A highlight of KIFF 2022 was the presentation of the Maureen O'Hara Award to this year’s recipient, actress and writer, Amy Huberman which took place at Randles Hotel Killarney on Saturday. The presentation of the award was followed by a very special event ‘In Conversation with Amy Huberman’ which was hosted by the CEO of the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA), Áine Moriarty. Amy brought her usual charm, wit and intelligence to the interview and the audience were treated to a truly memorable evening of chat, film and fun.

The IFTA Networking Event in association with Screen Kerry took place at The Plaza Hotel Killarney on Friday. Hosted by IFTA CEO and KIFF Board member, Áine Moriarty, the event highlighted the new opportunities for Kerry and the film work undertaken with the support of Screen Kerry and Kerry County Council. Guests from the world of film and television, as well as a variety of Kerry businesspeople, attended the event to highlight film business opportunities. Siobhán O’Sullivan, Kerry ETB Film Development Officer, gave a vibrant presentation outlining the current film productions shooting in Kerry and the key elements on building the screen sector throughout the county.

"It has been wonderful to see ‘Tarrac’ and ‘Joyride’ released to the big screen," Siobhán said.
"Both films were shot on location in Kerry and prove the potential that exists to attract many more film productions to the county."

Additionally, Locations Manager and KIFF Board member, Karl King, who worked on projects such as 'Joyride' and 'The Crown', also gave an informative presentation on the benefits and opportunities presented by Kerry as a filming location.


The KIFF 2022 awards ceremony took place on Sunday in The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney. The ceremony celebrated all aspects of film making and the awards were presented to a number of outstanding film makers, directors, script writers and producers. Basil Sheerin, Kerry Airport Ireland, presented the Taking Flight Award, celebrating emerging talent in film, sponsored by Kerry Airport, to this year’s worthy recipient Laura O’Shea and the Best of Kerry Award went to Jessica Courtney Leen who wrote, directed, and acted in her remarkable short film ‘Not My Sister’.

This year’s Trua Award went to Film Producer and Programmer, Mira Oyetoro who curated an original program of Ukrainian films titled ‘BE BRAVE LIKE UKRAINE’. After the awards ceremony Pat Shortt showcased his directorial debut via his short film, ‘Warts & All’ at the screening cinema room at The Great Southern Killarney. This was followed by a Q&A with Pat Shortt and producer Lee Crowley.


1. KIFF 2022 Maureen O’Hara Award – Amy Huberman
2. BEST OF KERRY - Not My Sister. Director, Jessica Courtney Leen
3. BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT - WanderLand, Director, Nicole Pott
4. BEST ANIMATION - Before Her Body Left, Director Yuxin Yang
5. BEST STUDENT SHORT - Sucking Diesel, Director Sam McGrath
6. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - Don't Go Where I Can't Find You, score by, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garett Sholdice, known as Ergodos
7. BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - And Still I Sing, Director Fazila Amiri
8. BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - My Name Is Joseph, Director Sean Murray
9. BEST IRISH NARRATIVE SHORT - Burn It All, Director, Jack Hickey
10. BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE - Lakelands. Directors, Robert Higgins and Patrick McGiveny
11. SCREENWRITING AWARD - At the Foot of a Mountain, At the Edge of the World - Eoin Joseph Duncum. Special Recommendation, Sleeper by Gavin McClenaghan
12. TRUA AWARD - Film Producer and Programmer, Mira Oyetoro
13. TAKING FLIGHT, RISING TALENT AWARD, supported by Kerry Airport - Laura O’Shea

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]




By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”


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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]



A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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