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ON SET: Killarney’s Ciaran McCarthy (second from right) pictured with some of the crew on the film set of ‘Speak of the Devil’ which is currently in production.

By Michelle Crean

The devil's in the detail for Killarney man Ciaran McCarthy who is currently working on a production set to hit worldwide screens later this year.

Ciaran is currently working as Assistant Director on a new EWTN film docudrama called ‘Speak of the Devil’ which will be broadcast on Sky, Virgin Media, Amazon Prime, EWTN Global and other platforms.

It is being made in Limerick and directed by the award winning filmmaker Campbell Miller from EWTN, the global Catholic TV network.

A Viking reenactment of the biblical Prodigal Son, the story focuses on the age old battle between good and evil.

With 40 actors, crew and support staff, it is being filmed in both Ireland and the United States.

“It’s been a real buzz working on this new production," Ciaran said.

"The Viking theme is very popular at the minute, and using it to create this film docudrama added huge energy and great cinema quality to the story. Some of the re-enactment Viking scenes have been nothing short of amazing. We are really looking forward to it premiering on later this year.”

It's EWTN Ireland’s third international film docudrama in three years. The two previous productions 'Bravery Under Fire' and 'Hope', also featured historic recreations, and aired worldwide. EWTN also presented copies of both films to Pope Francis on two different occasions when they were screened in the Vatican. 'Hope' also won the prestigious international 'Global Gabriel Award' in 2020.

Film Director Campbell Miller added that the production is coming along nicely.
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"Our film prop making team, costume and make-up artists are doing a fantastic job. Many of the Viking props had to be made from scratch, as access to costumes and dresses from the Viking period was quite limited. But the Viking historians and experts involved in the production have been simply outstanding. And their help has really brought this film to life."

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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