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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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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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