Local climber Mike O'Shea who did all the rigging and safety procedures for the film with storm troopers Niamh Dennehy and Dylan Hulme from Portmagee at the screening on Thursday. Picture: Don MacMonagle.
They crossed the galaxies and arrived in Killarney shortly after midday on Thursday clutching their lightsabers close. Cinema Killarney provided the red-carpet treatment to up to 250 Kerry Jedi’s of all ages at a special screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in partnership with Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Disney and LucasFilm. The screening was a thank you to the people of Kerry for hosting the shoot of some scenes for the movie on Sceilg Mhichíl.
Absolutely all ages gave the film a five-star rating and all agreed Skellig Michael was showcased to superb effect.
“The portrayal of Skellig is a fantastic legacy of Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Niall O’Donoghue, assistant secretary general at the Department of Arts, and Mike O’Shea, who was involved with the shoot,” said Killarney Chamber President Kate O’Leary.
“The film was wonderful and there are about three minutes where Skellig is shown. It is just extraordinary. You couldn’t pay for this kind of advertising.”
Mike is a force to be reckoned with
KILLARNEY’S Mike O’Shea was a key player in ensuring the safety and logistics went like clockwork during the shooting of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the Skellig.
The explorer, who runs the adventure specialist company Work and Play at Height in Dingle and Killarney High Ropes, Fossa, was at the special screening on Thursday, having just returned from an expedition in South Georgia. “The task on the Skellig was challenging because of the nature of the rock, which is steep and dangerous so a big part of my work was ensuring the safety of all actors,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.
“We had 16 tonnes of equipment which we had to move to all parts of the island, so it was a case of man-handling 150 kilos at a time and getting stuff off the island quickly enough.”
‘We were told it was a documentary about puffins!’
AMONG the Kerry people instrumental in helping the crew behind the scenes were Patricia and Gerard Kennedy, owner of the Moorings B&B and the Bridge Bar in Portmagee which hosted the cast and crew on a number of occasions during the shoot.
Killarney Advertiser caught up with Patricia and her family and friends at the special screening at Cinema Killarney on Thursday.
Patricia told us how she attended the premiere in Dublin the previous night which is when she caught her first glimpse of Skellig Michael in the movie.
Gerard has spoken of how when the crew initially checked into The Moorings B&B in Portmagee to scout the potential of the Skelligs, they told the couple they were “filming a documentary about puffins”. But as the numbers of crew increased and none other than Luke Skywalker arrived into the village, locals knew the cover story was just that.
Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining
By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]
By Sean Moriarty
The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.
On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.
Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.
“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.
Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.
Student grants and renting
Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]
It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.
The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.
If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.
Maximum Student Grant
There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.
Student Assistance Fund
Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.
Renting for the First Time
Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.
The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.
There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.
For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email email@example.com or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.
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