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Killarney volunteers hit movie screens around the world

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Killarney Mountain Meitheal volunteers profiled in the short documentary film ‘Hatchets & Hope’ are featuring on cinema screens around the world.

VOLUNTEER: Maureen Hegarty of Killarney Mountain Meitheal uses the stem treatment method to eradicate Rhododendron.

The five-minute film introduces the Killarney Mountain Meitheal, an intergenerational group of volunteers in Killarney and has been shortlisted for a number of high-profile film festivals.

Each week they hike out to protect some of Ireland’s last surviving woodland forests and rare ecosystems from the alarming spread of the invasive plant Rhododendron ponticum.

Despite its beautiful purple flower, the infestation of this strain of rhododendron is lethal to the local biodiversity.

With the spectacular backdrop of the mountains of south Kerry, the film shows the community working to eradicate these exotic plants and stop their advance.

This inspiring film is about camaraderie, commitment, and the astounding results a small group of passionate nature lovers have achieved.

Aoibheann O’Sullivan, whose parents are from Killarney, is an award-winning film-maker who lives in Kenya.
She found herself stuck in Killarney at the start of the pandemic, and joined the ‘Meithal’ group who clear rhododendron in Killarney National Park.

"It is wonderful to see the important work of the Killarney Mountain Meitheal getting worldwide attention. It shows the profound impact a small group of committed people can make. We need more inspiring stories like this to show that action instead of anxiety is going to fix our relationship with nature,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Last October the film had its premiere at the 2021 Kerry International Film Festival and is now screening at some well-regarded film festivals such as the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York, Sustainable Stories Film Fest in Texas, and the Irish Film Festival London.

The film was made possible with the support of the South Kerry Development Partnership (SKDP) and EU LEADER funding.

If you would like to join the Killarney Mountain Meitheal, or find out more, please contact them on info@killarneymountainmeitheal.com.

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Country Queen Cliona Hagan to play Sneem Hotel

Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May […]

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Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 PM.

Known for her powerful vocals, captivating stage presence, and chart-topping hits, Cliona Hagan promises to deliver a memorable performance that will have the audience on their feet and singing along all night long.
The concert, set against the stunning backdrop of Golden’s Cove at the Sneem Hotel, promises to be an unforgettable experience for country music fans of all ages. From heartfelt ballads to lively toe-tappers, Cliona Hagan’s versatile repertoire ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets for the concert are priced at €25 and can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. Don’t miss your chance to see Cliona Hagan live in concert at Sneem Hotel on May 11th. Overnight hotel stay packages including dinner and concert tickets, bed and breakfast are also available!
For more information, please visit www.sneemhotel.com or contact 064 667 5100.

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Coffee morning for Kerry Cancer Support Group at the Royal

Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group. Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, […]

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Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, delicious homemade scones, pastries and treats await in the newly refurbished lobby and bar.

All guests attending will also have the chance to be entered into a raffle with a number of wonderful prizes on offer throughout the morning. Volunteers will also be on hand to accept donations, with all proceeds going to the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

“The Kerry Cancer Support Group work hard each day to provide an excellent service and are devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to free programmes and resources. Killarney Royal are delighted to support this incredibly worthy charity,” said Brand Sales and Marketing Executive Aoibheann O’Leary.

All are welcome on the morning, with no pre-booking needed.

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