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Glenflesk and Kilcummin set for Oskar night

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The actors are cast and the cameras are about to roll as preparations for the Oskars night, which is scheduled for the INEC on March 29, are well and truly underway.

Close to 100 people attended the official launch of the event in Kilcummin clubhouse on Sunday evening - including the vast majority of the 70 actors who will take part.

The two parishes of Kilcummin and Glenflesk are joining forces in a major fundraising event for their respective GAA clubs.

Up to 2,000 people are expected to walk the red carpet on the night and it's the first time anywhere in Munster that the glitzy event will be held.

The audience will get to enjoy the premiere of seven eight-minute films starring the 72 actors who will feature in excerpts from some of the classic films - all professionally shot on film for the big screen.

At the launch of the event on Sunday evening in Kilcummin GAA’s clubhouse, the actors learned for the first time which film they're about star in and what role they will play.

The title of the seven films were also revealed, each of them a classic that is sure to produce some golden moments on screen.

The seven films to feature on the night are Forrest Gump, The Snapper, Sister Act, A Few Good Women, The Field, Father Ted and Michael Collins.

Actors will be coached for the next four weeks by Tipperary-born comedian and actor Tom O' Mahony, best known for his role as Tarquin on RTÉ's Republic of Telly.

All eight excerpts will be professionally filmed in various locations around Killarney over two weekends in March.

Audience members will turn to critics for the night in the INEC and vote for their Oskar-winning performances at what is expected to be a huge event, run by the Dublin-based Kevin Rowe Events.

"Already we can feel a great sense of excitement building among the

actors," said Niamh Dwyer of the organising committee.

"The majority of them were in Kilcummin on Sunday to find out what role they're playing and what lies ahead. It's something really different and not alone will it bring together two great GAA clubs and create a wonderful sense of community spirit, it will also raise much-needed funds at the same time.”

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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