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Ian shortlisted for ‘Gay Byrne’ newcomer award

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By Sean Moriarty

Less than one year after securing his own show on Radio Kerry, Ian O’Connell has been shortlisted for a national award.

Back in 2017, aged 16, the Pinewood man was left with a life-changing injury after falling from his mountain bike in Killarney National Park.

Since then he has used his disability as a form of inspiration and encourages others to get on with life regardless of what is thrown at them.

After completing a media and broadcasting course at Kerry ETB, he was offered his own Radio Kerry show which features people who have overcome hardship or difficulties to achieve great things.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ was first broadcast on December 1 last year.

Now, Ian and his show have been nominated for an IMRO National Radio Award.

He has been shortlisted for the ‘Gay Byrne Newcomer of the Year’ award and will learn if he is successful at a special award ceremony at Lyrath House Hotel in County Kilkenny on October 7.

“I was not really expecting this, it is not often I am stuck for words,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

Over the course of the last 10 months Ian has interviewed a wide range of guests from all backgrounds.

“I think my interview with Rory’s Stories and how he dealt with his gambling addiction was a very important interview,” he added. “As was my interview with my friend Michael Maguire – he was with me on the day of my accident – we went well overtime on that show.”

The other nominees are: Aisling Bolton Dowling (Galway Bay FM); Max Kane (East Coast FM); Emma Hill (Tipp FM) and Mandy Johnson (Newstalk).

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Two Mile School “Says Yes to Japanese”

The pupils and staff of Two Mile Community National School were delighted to welcome Mr Norio Maruyama,  the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland on Tuesday. The Ambassador was at the school […]

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The pupils and staff of Two Mile Community National School were delighted to welcome Mr Norio Maruyama,  the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland on Tuesday.

The Ambassador was at the school to promote the teaching of the Japanese language and culture through the ‘Say Yes to Languages’ programme.

“The pupils in Two Mile were very interested to listen to stories about Japan and to learn about the links between our two countries,” said school principal Catherine Barry.
“As a multi-denominational school, we are very open to different languages and cultures and we look forward to working with the Japanese embassy from next September.”
Two Mile Community National School is the only multi-denominational school in the Killarney school district.

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 Photographer Anastasiia goes Out and About for Killarney Advertiser.

The Killarney Advertiser is pleased to announce that Anastasiia Garbera has joined the team. Anastasiia is a photographer from Ukraine. She has been living in Killarney for nearly two years […]

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The Killarney Advertiser is pleased to announce that Anastasiia Garbera has joined the team.

Anastasiia is a photographer from Ukraine. She has been living in Killarney for nearly two years and is trying to establish a freelance photography business.
“I love my job. I’ve been shooting for 11 years. I adore photography and connect my life with it. The best thing for me is to show girls and families, brides how beautiful they are. I think it’s my main mission.No need to be a model. We are all beautiful and special. You just need to build more self-confidence. And be sure, I will help you with it.”
Keep an eye out for Anastasiia as she goes Out and About for The Killarney Advertiser.
If you are organising an event and need a photographer email info@killarneyadvertiser.ie for more details.

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