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Killarney-based author behind new creative exhibition

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney-based children’s writer has let her imagination flourish so much so that she hopes her work will inspire the next generation of storytellers.

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Olivia Hope from Children’s Books Ireland has created a thought provoking Halloween  exhibition  which will run at Siamsa Tíre from September 23 to November 21 as part of a planned Samhain festival in partnership with Kerry County Museum.

Olivia’s story 'A Way Home/Slí Abhaile' is now the inspiration for a major art exhibition for children. She has collaborated with 20 illustrators and artists from all over Ireland and beyond who have brought the scenes from her story to life.

Combining imaginative illustrations and ancient folklore with a modern-day fairytale, this is an experience for all the family.

Two siblings get lost in the woods.  There they meet a mysterious traveller and embark on an adventure that sees them encountering a cheeky púca, some lost souls, and a choir of banshees.

There will be 46 artworks in total, displayed in the gallery at the eye level of the target audience, gradually moving up from floor work for babies to adult height by the end of the story.

Local names included in their ranks are Ciara Kenny (the Twitter personality known as @Ciarraioch, whose image of Peig can be seen on a utility box in Tralee); the Kerry-born internationally acclaimed photorealist painter Tony O’Connor; and author and illustrator Sheena Dempsey whose parents were born in the Kingdom.

Olivia is amazed by the different ways in which the illustrators interpreted her story and hopes their art will inspire the old tradition of story-telling in the young.

“A picture does paint a thousand words, so young visitors will be able to tell their own version of my story 'A Way Home/Slí Abhaile' when they visit this art exhibition,” she said. “I’m delighted that such an array of talented illustrators is involved because their art is both original and thought-provoking, and is sure to inspire the next generation of storytellers.”

Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, is thrilled that her decision to introduce Olivia to Siamsa Tíre has resulted in such an exciting exhibition.

“This exhibition brings together the talents of illustrators in Ireland and Irish illustrators abroad with Olivia Hope’s timeless writing to create a rich experience for children,” she said.  “'A Way Home' marries a new story that is rooted in ancient traditions with such varied and vibrant art. Siamsa Tíre’s audiences are in for a treat.”

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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