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Killarney the first town to host winning Texaco Art work

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DISPLAY: Johnny McGuire and Declan Mulvany pictured outside Killarney Art Gallery where the Texaco Art Competition winner’s painting will go on display next week. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

His creation was so stunning that it won the Texaco Children’s Arts Competition outright - and now the people of Killarney will be the first to view Casey Etherton's work.

The young talented artist recently won first prize in the 16 – 18 years category but was denied the competition’s usual reception and exhibition in Dublin due to the current COVID restrictions.

From next week, Killarney Art Gallery will be the first in the county to display Casey's winning work 'Kevin In The Pink', which features his neighbour Kevin Farrell on canvas.

However, friends and family in Kerry are determined to let Casey’s success shine in his home county including Killarney man Johnny McGuire who helped organise the local exhibition which the public can view from the Killarney Art Gallery window.

Not only that but a number of other art galleries around the county have generously made space available in their windows for the award-winning work including Dingle on February 8 – 13, Kenmare from the 15 to 20, The John Hurley Gallery, Denny Street, Tralee 22 – 27, and the Olive Stack Gallery, Listowel from March 1 to 6.

"It’s an amazing opportunity for me to have my work shown like this,” Casey said. “I hope it encourages people to paint, especially during these tough times.”

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Casey; it is wonderful to see such talent here in Kerry,” said Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr. Patrick Connor-Scarteen. “Credit must also be given to the great support from the community to host this tour – artists are a crucial part of our society and the value of their work is immeasurable.”

Johnny McGuire added that "it's great to see such talent in Kerry".

"I was thilled to see that someone from Kerry won the overall competition. I'm really looking forward to seeing it in reality."

Since winning the competition Casey has been studying for his Leaving Cert and compiling his portfolio for future arts studies that he hopes to pursue. Before this lockdown he went back to his old primary school, Scoil Crohan Naofa in Caherdaniel, where he received an award and drawings done by the schoolchildren, a new generation inspired by creativity.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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