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Kerry photographers in the picture for PPAI awards

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CONGRATULATIONS to all the photographers, including the Kerry snappers, who were themselves in the frame as winners of the Press Photographers Association of Ireland ‘Press Photographer of the Year 2017’ awards.

Independent News & Media photographer Gerry Mooney was named ‘Press Photographer of the Year 2017’. The awards were presented by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys.

This year saw the addition of two new awards to the competition, ‘Multimedia’, for best use of video, which was awarded to Killarney native Bryan O’Brien, The Irish Times, and ‘Best Black & White’ image, presented to Steve Humphreys, Independent News & Media.

His quirky observation of the election count won Tralee’s Domnick Walsh second prize in the politics category for his photograph entitled Vote Healy-Rae, which shows a voting badge stuck to the heel of a man as Danny Healy-Rae wins a seat in the 2016 general election.

Fellow Tralee native Brendan Moran, Sportsfile, won prizes in three categories, news, sports feature and portrait. Caherciveen photographer Stephen McCarthy, also of Sportsfile, won first and second prize in the sports feature category.

Michael Chester, president, Press Photographers Association of Ireland, said; “Our awards are a platform to promote, showcase and reward excellence in press photography. The award -winning and highly commended images from our awards will form the ‘Press Photographer of the Year 2017‘ Exhibition, which will tour selected venues across the coming year.”

The Press Photographers Association of Ireland ‘Press Photographer of the Year 2017’ Exhibition, featuring 124 prints, was on display in The Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, over the weekend. The exhibition then moves to The Library, at the RDS, Dublin 4, for two weeks. It will then go on tour, visiting selected venues nationwide, visit www.ppai.ie for exhibition tour updates and to view the full collection of winning and highly commended images.
 


 
Above: Pictured are Kerry winners Brendan Moran, Sportsfile, Domnick Walsh, Stephen McCarthy, Sportsfile, Bryan O'Bryan, Irish Times at the PPAI awards.
PICTURE: SHANE O'NEILL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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