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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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Sam Maguire to feature at next week’s AugustFest

Killarney Racecourse is set to host the exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival from Thursday August 18 to Saturday 20 inclusive. The festival also marks 200 years of racing at Killarney Races […]

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Killarney Racecourse is set to host the exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival from Thursday August 18 to Saturday 20 inclusive. The festival also marks 200 years of racing at Killarney Races offering patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse.

With lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.

Thursday and Friday are evening meetings and Saturday is an afternoon event with all race cards offering seven thrilling races for spectators to enjoy each day.

Thursday is Sam Maguire evening. And to mark Kerry’s recent success and Killarney Races bi-centenary celebration, Killarney Races are offering an amazing deal on the opening day of their three-day event. On Thursday August 18 patrons will enjoy admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20! The first race is approximately 5pm with gates open from 3pm. Come early, bring along your jersey and camera, it’s going to be a great evening.

Friday will see the new entrance officially open, as racing officials and elected representatives unlock the gate to the next 200 years at the popular Killarney track, first race at approximately 5pm with gates open from 3pm. With music on the lawn from Donal Lucey and from Tom Cats in the Jim Culloty bar after racing the après racing party is sure to be a ‘winner alright’!

Saturday is AYU Ladies Day and all about the glamour as fashionistas bring the curtain down on AugustFest in fine style. AYU is an Irish based and Irish owned cosmetics company set up by renowned make-up artist Suzie O’Neill. With over €1,500 in prizes for the most stylish ladies to dress up for, what’s not to love! Gates open from 12 noon with the first off at approximately 2pm.

“At AugustFest we will be celebrating a major milestone here at Killarney Races, 200 years of racing in Killarney which is amazing,” Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the 200 year celebrations and share in this historic moment with us as we officially open the gates on the next 200 years! It’s a rare opportunity to be able to say ‘I was there the day they celebrated the bi-centenary’ anywhere and what a great story to share with the grandchildren in years to come. On that note, we are looking forward to welcoming multiple generations of families during AugustFest, so make a plan and come along and join us for what will be a most remarkable festival at our beautiful boutique racecourse this August!”

The feature race on the opening day of AugustFest is the Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes (listed), the Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap of €50,000 and the Gain Advantage Race Series. On Friday, the day two feature is the Grade B Handicap Hurdle of €50,000 and the EBF Novice Hurdle, with four competitive chase races. The final day of the festival the feature is the Grade B Handicap Chase of €50,000.

Adult tickets are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the “Punter’s Pack” is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options.

For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.

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Jessie Buckley’s album shortlisted for prestigious award

Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year. Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is […]

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Killarney superstar Jessie Buckley has been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize Album of the Year.

Her collaboration with Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’ is one of 12 albums shortlisted for the prestigious award which will be revealed in London on September 8.

“Neither of us really knew each other and it was actually a blessing in disguise because we met each other in the moment and trusted each other, took a leap of faith and in a way come in just the way we were and not because of who we are,” she told a press conference at the awards announcement in London last week.

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