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Killarney man’s video series puts the world in the picture

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YOU’RE never too young to travel the globe – that’s the idea that has propelled Killarney man Sean Clifford, his French wife Valerie and their daughter on a series of world travels.

In 2014, Sean and Valerie and Enya, then four, set off to explore to Argentina on what proved to be a hugely successful trip. “It was like a little adventure for Enya, cruising through the jungles and mountains,” said Sean.

Afterwards, the family decided to share the experience with Enya’s friends and classmates through the creation of short video clips.

The response they received from children and teachers was “extremely enthusiastic”, according to multimedia developer Sean, who is from Woodlawn Drive originally.

The family spent the next two years producing a professional online travel series documenting the family’s adventures around the world, as they unravel cultures in their own unique and fun manner.

In April 2015 this blossomed into “The Kid Trotter” series (all of which can be viewed for free on www.thekidtrotter.com and social media).

After the success of the pilot series online, the Cliffords devoted their time from 2016 to travel the world and produce this series in 10 countries (Malaysia, Cambodia, India, Nepal, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia).

Now Sean has been handpicked to represent and promote Malta, European Capital of Culture 2018, in an innovative cultural video series. “We produce this series in both English and French and it has already (despite only having published two countries to date) broken the half million views after being featured in press across 10 different countries,” said Sean.

The Cliffords are passionate about sharing what they describe as their "real, human experiences far from attraction parks". “Together we have hunted fish and coconut crabs with tribes in the South Pacific, trained in a Cambodian circus, gone to school in a rural Vietnam school, taught English in Nepal, and picked tea lives in this highest tea plantation in the world in southern India,” said Sean.

The family both self-produce and self-finance The Kid Trotter video travel series especially for children and families called The Kid Trotter.

The Cliffords will jet off with a filming crew to the Mediterranean in partnership with the Malta tourism Authority to film a series of videos that will unravel the unique Maltese culture. These videos will showcase the island for its 2018 European capital of Culture celebrations.

 


 
The Clifford family during their five-day hike in the Annapurna range in Nepal.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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