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Killarney snap an RTÉ winner

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WINNING IMAGE: Seamus Long from Barraduff was delighted to learn his stunning image was featured on RTE weather bulletins and has been chosen to appear in the 2020 RTE weather calendar. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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By Michelle Crean

 

A stunning image taken by a Barraduff man, featuring a young deer during sunrise, was this week featured on national television.

Seamus Long, who is a founding member of Killarney Camera Club, was thrilled to learn his creative shot captured in one of Killarney’s most beautiful locations was featured on RTE weather bulletins and chosen as the winner of the RTE Weather Autumn Photo Competition.

It was shown at the beginning of all weather forecasts on RTE One on Monday and will also feature in the RTE Weather Calendar for 2020, which will be available in the RTE Guide this month.

Seamus took the stunning image on September 14 and just entered the competition in time – the evening the competition was closing. It was taken down at the lower lake in Lough Lein at 7.45am, shortly after sunrise.

And he says he almost didn’t enter it into the competition.

“My wife Josephine brought it to my attention a few weeks before when she saw it in

the RTE Guide,” Seamus told the Killarney Advertiser.

“That day she left the RTE Guide out for me with that page open and I entered it that evening.”

Seamus said that he was pleasantly surprised last Saturday when he received an email from weather presenter Nuala Carey.

“I was delighted. I was really surprised.”

He added that he was patient that morning to try to get that perfect shot.

“There was nice early light. You have to be patient when trying to get the perfect shot.”

Killarney Camera Club are looking for new members and are inviting the public to attend their Open and Introductory Night on November 7, in the Killarney Heights Hotel at 7.30pm.

 

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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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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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