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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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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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