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Kerry-shot film to premier at the Galway Film Fleadh next week

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A feature film that was shot entirely on location in Kerry will premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh on Tuesday.

‘Joyride’ starring Olivia Colman, written by Kerry-based screenwriter, Ailbhe Keogan, directed by Emmy award-winning director, Emer Reynolds, and produced by Subotica, was shot over the course of five weeks throughout Tralee and the wider county last summer.

The road movie employed a local cast and crew, among them Kerry based Location Manager, Karl King, who led the locations department and Tralee woman, Orla Finucane, who worked as script supervisor.

Local acting talent features in the film with both Elaine Kennedy and Tim Landers landing named parts while Aisling O’Sullivan, originally from Kerry, has a key role.

Many local services were hired, including accommodation, while a number of local people got to take part as extras during filming.

“It couldn’t have happened in Kerry without the work of the Film Development Officer, Siobhan O’Sullivan, and critical organisations in the county that supported its production, namely Kerry College Monavalley Campus, Kerry ETB and Kerry County Council,” Emer Reynolds said.

The campus opened its doors to enable the production team set up a production base at the college.

“Learners on our Broadcast Production Courses had a unique opportunity to work with an incredible cast and production team. This opportunity has ultimately culminated with each learner getting a credit to their name, an invaluable outcome for those seeking to establish a career in the industry. The whole experience has been great for Kerry ETB and helps to further position Kerry College Monavalley Campus as the premier provider of quality and versatile trained broadcast production graduates,” said Campus manager Con O’Sullivan.

Brian Nolan, lead instructor on the Broadcast Production Skills Course was delighted to see his trainees do so well on ‘Joyride’.

"Real world productions are an essential cog in the training wheel," he said.

"The students put in the hours practising industry skill. Putting these skills to work in a real world environment is where you fully cement the learning.”

Kerry County Council and the Arts Office Creative Ireland Kerry Programme were proactive in backing the production from the outset.

“The film industry is a growing one worldwide and we see much opportunity for Kerry to bring more productions to the county,” said Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Francis Flynn.

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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