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Killarney film could draw in world’s best filmmakers

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BY ADAM MOYNIHAN

 

Acclaimed Killarney film ‘Tradition’ will be shown at a major US film festival in the New Year - and director Damian O’Callaghan is hopeful it will draw some of the world’s best filmmakers to the town.

 

‘Tradition’, which was filmed entirely in the Killarney area, has been selected for the prestigious Chicago Irish Film Festival in February.

And O’Callaghan says his hometown is a “dream” for any filmmaker.

“It’s a big positive for the town,” he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“People from the film world are going to see Killarney at this festival and they might say, ‘Maybe we can bring another film here?’. Hopefully it’ll impact on tourism and help bring more visitors over as well.”

He added that Killarney town has all the resources and the infrastructure to facilitate the making of any movie, especially with the scenery and the hotels here.

“The politicians, the council, the gardaí, the fire brigade. Everyone is so helpful. The people of Killarney are one of a kind. We have a town that no one else has.”

O’Callaghan added that he was delighted ‘Tradition’ had been chosen for such a big festival and he was also full of praise for the people of Killarney who helped with OC Production’s second feature-length film.

 

“The quality of the film is what got us there, and that’s a testament to all the teamwork that went into the project,” he said.

 

“It’s not just an OC Productions film – I will stress that – this is very much a Killarney film because if it wasn’t for the people of Killarney, we wouldn’t have had a film. That goes for all the hotels, all the politicians, and all the people who put the shoulder to the wheel and kept it going forward.

 

The Chicago Irish Film Festival specialises in US premieres and films that go on to screen in Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto Film Festivals. Previous films shown at the festival include ‘Calvary’ starring Brendan Gleeson, Ger Barrett’s ‘Glassland’ and Oscar-nominated film ‘The Breadwinner’.

 

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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