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Film set on the Lakes of Killarney hoping for international release

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney film maker and director is hoping his new movie – set in his home town – will be picked up by various international film festivals in the Autumn.

Charlie O’Brien, though currently based in Mexico, grew up on New St.

An acclaimed musician, he also has narrated documentaries for TG4.

His film, Macalla Chill Áirne is set on a Victorian era boat tour through Killarney's lakes.

There are six people on board the boat, the boatmen speak Irish, the women English. One boatmen's brother is on the run from the police, one of the ladies has lost her wedding ring. The film features Irish language performance poet Seámus Barra Ó Súilleabháin as the main actor.

“In 2010 I presented and narrated the TG4 documentary, Saol John Riley’, which told the story of the San Patricio Battalion of the Mexican American War of 1847. I had written a song about those Irish Soldiers of Mexico and that’s how I was contacted to present the film,” O’Brien told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Since then I've made two other documentaries. ¨A Captain Unafraid¨ concerns an Irish-American sea captain who came to play a seminal role in the Cuban War of Independence. I wrote a song many moons ago about Captain ¨Dynamite¨ and the film eventually grew out of that. The other documentary ¨The Green Fields of Cuba¨ explored Irish music in Cuba along with the Irish American Tra group ¨The Green Fields of America.¨

He has entered the film in to several international festivals but he is still waiting for confirmation if he has been accepted or not.

“The festivals it has been in are online ones so far, so public release has yet to come. I'm hoping the film will be exhibited at many other film festivals over the autumn/winter,” he added. "I´ll find out in the next couple of months as they let me know -I´ve entered 20 or so.”

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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