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Killarney filmmakers to feature on RTÉ

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By Sean Moriarty

Young filmmakers and actors from Killarney will feature on RTÉ 2 on Wednesday night.

Local talent was well represented at the Fresh Film Festival in Limerick on March 30.

Director Glen Bowler, in association with Killarney Camera Club, St Brendan’s College and West End House School of Arts presented his short movie ‘The Legend of Patrick Greenwood’ which featured local actors Mikie Galvin, Ellen O’Shea and Luke Courtney.

Rachel Griffin also showcased her short film ‘The Time I Spoke To The Sky’.

Both Killarney filmmakers are in line for Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year award and while the results are now known to participants, they remain a closely guarded secret until Wednesday night’s RTÉ broadcast.

“This festival received 1,000 entries and on the day 34 finalists were shown,” explained Glen’s father Brian.

“The event was recorded for TV. There is a strict media blackout on proceedings, however, it will be televised so tune in to find out how things went for these creative and brave Killarney locals.”

‘Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2023’ will air at 7pm next Wednesday night when Stephen Byrne and Gemma Bradley host the 27th annual ceremony for young budding filmmakers between the ages of seven and 18.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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