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Kerry International Film Festival launches 2020 programme online

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Kerry International Film Festival has today (Friday) officially launched its 2020 online programme. Celebrating its 21st edition, the programme includes an array of unique feature films, documentaries, animation, short film programmes and online industry events not to be missed.

In keeping with current Government guidelines surrounding COVID-19 and to maintain the safety of KIFF audiences everywhere, the festival recently opted to present an exclusively online event in 2020. Movie enthusiasts everywhere can log on to www.kerryfilmfestival.com from October 9 and pre-book tickets for KIFF 2020 which will take place from October 15 – 18.

“We are clearly gutted that we are not able to meet all the filmmakers in the foyer of Cinema Killarney this year to share in the excitement of showcasing their work or to see the return of the loyal faces who have supported the festival over the past 21 years,” Festival Programmer Eibh Collins said at the launch today.

“However, I am extremely proud of the robust KIFF team for assembling such a strong event and grateful to the people of Kerry for their ongoing support during these challenging times. I am also so indebted to all the filmmakers, artists and creatives for having the guts to jump into the deep end of the unknown online festival world, just to be able to keep our film industry moving forward and our audiences entertained.”

Some of the highlights in this year's programme include three low-budget directorial debuts from independent Irish filmmakers; Chris Aylmer ‘Go Get Davey’, Allan El Atrash ‘Thursday’s Child’ and Adam William Cahill ‘Follow the Dead’.

“Alongside a selection of new work, we also look back and celebrate the 15 year anniversary of Perry Ogden's ‘Pavee Lackeen’, paired with Ciara Nic Chormaic’s ‘Skin + Soul’, which covers the work of Perry as a filmmaker and photographer. Both filmmakers will join us for a pre-recorded discussion about their work.

“We also have a host of exciting Irish and International documentaries, including ‘Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound’, directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin. This documentary will be followed by a ‘Making Waves in Irish Sound Design Panel’ and discussion. In other workshops we are excited to work with Kerry’s Filmmaker in Residence Mieke Vanmechelen on a tailored screening of ‘Un Film Dramatique’ and workshop specifically for young film enthusiasts in Kerry.”

The KIFF 2020 programme includes a vast selection of other panels aimed at new and established short filmmakers, covering the “How To” of marketing and promoting a short film online. This will also include a talk from one of Hollywood's leading Public Relations agencies, Joshua Jason PR, who will present a case study on the ‘Path to the Academy Awards’.

“In other short film content, we are excited to share a selection of over 80 shorts during the festival. While we are delighted to welcome returning work from KIFF veteran filmmakers and familiar faces, we also have an extremely exciting selection of skilled directing debuts from the future of Irish filmmaking. One of the most exciting elements of an online festival is our NON-geo blocked programme of short films, that will be shared with KIFF partnering festivals and International Irish Festivals, making sure the wealth of Irish talent and culture can continue to travel far and wide, even if we, the people, cannot.”

Lastly, KIFF short films selection also sees the return of the ‘Kerry Connection Best Short Film Competition’ and the ‘Shorts for Shorties: Kids Animation Selection’, among other highlights.

“We are also thrilled to be able to pair up with Dublin Feminist Film Festival. Like many other arts organisations DFFF had to cancel their 2020 plans, so we are honoured to be able to support them by screening a selection of six short films, including new work from Megan K Fox as well as three exciting features; Nia DaCosta’s ‘Crossing the Line’, Áine Stapleton’s ‘Horrible Creatures’, and  Vivienne Dick’s ‘New York Our Time’.

While we can not all be together physically at this time, the KIFF team will still provide selected filmmakers with as much as time and support as possible, including giving them an opportunity to talk about their work. Hence, more panels, Q&As, and talks will be announced over the coming two weeks.”

THE JESSIE BUCKLEY INTERVIEW

In the lead up to the festival, KIFF will be sharing the Jessie Buckley Interview: The Maureen O’Hara Award recipient 2020 - In conversation with Esther McCarthy. This will be free to view anytime from Friday, October 9. Meanwhile, a selection of their 2019 Irish winning films will be available to view on their platform from today (Friday) to October 9, including last year's hit documentary ‘Kilimanjaro Mama’ about Kerry teacher Louise Quill.

“KIFF continues to strive to be as inclusive and accessible as possible and in support of this aspect of the festival, we have several open and close caption options, as well as audio description titles and subtitled Q&A and talks where possible.”

Upon pre-booking tickets from Friday October 9, screening will not be available to watch until the scheduled time and date. Once rented audiences will have from the scheduled screening time until Monday October 19 to watch their selected title(s), with the playback window of 36 hours. Prices start at €5 and competitively priced ticket bundles and season tickets are available.

For details on these screenings and more, please go to www.kerryfilmfestival.com.

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Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched

It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]

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It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.

Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.

Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.

Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.

Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.

The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.

The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.

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Stylish Miriam wows at the races

When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]

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When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.

Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.

Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.

Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.

The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.

Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.

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