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Killarney photographer gets the Royal seal of approval

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By Michelle Crean

 

One Killarney photographer got the Royal seal of approval as his company was chosen as the only agency to officially photograph this week’s Royal visit – with his images beamed on news sites worldwide.

Sky News, the BBC, ITV were just some of the news outlets to feature the work of Julien Behal, originally from Woodlawn, and his team.

Julien, who previously covered the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Prince Charles and Camilla visits last year, was hired by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs who were working in unison with the British Embassy for Prince William and wife Kate’s three day visit to Ireland.

He, along with his team, were on hand to capture some of the most intimate moments, from their arrival at Dublin airport on Tuesday, a visit to Aras an Uachtarain, Garden of Remembrance where they laid a wreath, the Guinness Storehouse, and day two in Kildare on Wednesday, and in Galway yesterday (Thursday).

 

And to top off the experience Julien was specially selected as the only photographer allowed into a shop in Kildare with the couple who shopped for food with two local children as part of the Extern project, a charity which supports vulnerable young people.

“I’m very lucky,” Julien told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is a privileged position to be in that you’re the one asked to do it. It was very intimate and interesting to see the interaction between the couple. There was myself, the couple, the two children, the person on the till and a cop. I was the only media allowed in.”

Julien hired and worked alongside three of Ireland’s top photographers, Andrew Downes, Kenneth O’Halloran and Tom Honan, saying covering everything would have been impossible.

However, Julien was keen to add that without the help of office manager Louise Slevin it wouldn’t have been possible to get the images out to the media so quickly.

“She is a superstar, the heroine of the last three days. The challenge I faced was getting pics from onsite to instant transmission – on the kuff literally, getting them edited, approved, captioned and out. Everyone the couple visited over the three days wanted their photos straight away.”

Now he’s planning a totally different type of photography in Syria – to document the lost children of ISIS which he plans to photograph in the coming weeks.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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