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Jessie Buckley in the running for Oscar nomination

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Her talents know no bounds – so it came as no surprise this week that Killarney actress Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination.

 

Jessie from Muckross made the Academy Awards shortlist for ‘Best Original Song’ for her performance of 'Glasgow (No Place Like Home)'  in the hit film 'Wild Rose'.

 

Buckley played Rose-Lynn Harlan, a Scottish single mother who attempts to make it as a country singer in Nashville.

 

It is one of 15 songs to make the shortlist and on January 13 this list will be further shortened to a list of four Oscar nominations ahead of the world-famous awards ceremony that will take place in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 20 next year.

 

“She has made the semi-final anyway,” her father Tim told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is a big deal, from a dream as a kid to be suddenly in the running for this, it opens the dreamscapes for other kids.”

 

An Academy member’s (music branch) vote will determine the last four, but if the song makes the cut, Buckley could perform at the awards presentation that is watched by millions of movie fans worldwide.

 

However, Tim warned that even if the song is successful, the writer Mary Steenburgen is the person who will go home with the coveted bronze gong.

 

Big budget studios like Disney tend to dominate the awards but independent movies have been known to upset the status quo over the years.

 

“Hollywood is a business, and the big studios tend to muscle in and doff their hats to the smaller outfits,” added Tim. “But the song has soul and people can connect with it.”

 

Jessie herself is looking forward to a very busy New Year, filming for Netflix hit ‘Fargo Season Four’ will finish in January. She is also working on ‘Dr Doolittle’ with Robert Downey Jr, and ‘Misbehaviour’, a comedy drama alongside Keira Knightly about the Miss World Pageant.

 

 

 

 

 

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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