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Killarney well represented at film festival

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By Michelle Crean

The future of filmmaking is in safe hands as two local enthusiasts received Best Music Video and Best Director at a recent film festival.

MUSIC VIDEO: Emma Murphy daughter of Seán and Máire Murphy of Murphy's Bar won Best Music Video with co-director Darragh Scott at the First Cut Youth Film Festival in Cork.

Emma Murphy, daughter of Seán and Máire Murphy of Murphy's Bar, won Best Music Video with co-director Darragh Scott at the First Cut Youth Film Festival in Cork. Emma is a graduate of IADT in Dublin and is currently working as an animator. Their music video is for an unreleased song of Irish/Zimbabwean rapper God Knows.

Meanwhile young Killarney filmmaker Dylan Shortt was also recognised for his talent and won the Best Director award 2022.

Dylan's award was presented to him by Irish multi-award winning director and filmmaker Yvonne McDevitt at The Regal Cinema in Youghal for the film he worked on entitled 'Airbag', which deals with the horrors of trauma and the unrelenting effects it has on people.

The Leaving Cert student is one of the youngest filmmakers to receive this award. Dylan wrote, directed, starred in and composed the score for the film. The film 'Airbag'.

A fantastic group of young people from Killarney worked and starred in the film including Rachel Griffin who brilliantly co-starred in the film along with Kalem Lloyd, Eoin O'Reilly and Luke O'Sullivan, aswell as helping operate equipment on set. Patrick O'Connor Mason from Kenmare also worked with the Killarney group, operating equipment and edited the film, produced by Filmmaker in Residence Mieke Vanmechelen.

"I am beyond thrilled and honoured to have received this amazing award!" Dylan said.

"And I am extremely grateful to have met and worked with everyone who was a part of this film, it's an experience I'll never forget! I'm looking forward to next year's First Cut Youth Film Festival!"

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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