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Reverend Simon Lumby, Killarney Chamber president Kate O'Leary and Paul O'Neill at the launch of Kerry Film Festival.

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KILLARNEY came into its own as a Hollywood-style entity last night as Scotts Hotel in the town hosted the launch for the 17th annual Kerry Film Festival (KFF).

In advance of the launch, there was a private screening of Kerry filmmaker James Pembroke's film, Living with Lyme disease, at Cinema Killarney.

The festival highlights will include the world premiere of two Kerry feature movies, Making It and Brackenmore, the Irish premiere of two music documentary films, Junun and We Are X, a special 1916 film commemoration to include a screening of Mise Éire in a association with the IFI and a curated selection of Irish and international short films and events.

The 17th edition of the festival will present 16 programmes of short film in 2016. The short film programme is an integral part of the Kerry Film Festival schedule and this year films were submitted from Kerry to Japan to Peru and further afield.

The festival will open and close with the world premieres of two Made in Kerry feature films, Making It and Brackenmore at Cinema Killarney. The production of these films is a testament to the determination of production companies filming in Kerry and the wealth of locations in Kerry suitable for filming.

A new element to the festival is the introduction of the short film market aimed at emerging and experienced filmmakers. With panel discussions, masterclasses, question-and-answer sessions and a special focus on the diaspora in the Irish International Film Festival panel this day-long event in Killarney will explore the short film on the national and international stage. Full details of the short film market will follow.

The artistic director of the Kerry Film Festival, Maeve McGrath, said: “The short film has always had centre stage in the Kerry Film Festival Programme and this year we have an extraordinary selection of films screening. Along with that, we are placing a focus on the short film form at our Short Film Market with some very exciting speakers and guests invited.”

The Kerry Film Festival will again connect with the Izmir International Film Festival and Nickel Film Festival in an exchange of short films and this year will introduce a selection of short films from Kendal Mountain Festival, the UK's premier mountain film festival.

Continuing the success of previous Film & Food themed events during the festival, there will be a screening of Sideways at Sol Y Sombra in Killorglin.

So save the dates October 19-23 in your diary and journey to Kerry to enjoy the cinematic delights of the shorts, features and events of the Kerry Film Festival 2016.

For more information on these screenings and others at Kerry Film Festival log onto www.kerryfilmfestival.com or call 066-712 9934.
 


 
Above: Reverend Simon Lumby, Killarney Chamber president Kate O'Leary and Paul O'Neill at the launch of Kerry Film Festival.

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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]

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There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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Jim awarded for life-long service to the community

By Michelle Crean Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community. Jim […]

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By Michelle Crean

Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community.

Jim received the O’Shea Award for 2022 at a meeting of Directors of Listry Community Council held on September 21.

Jim has been involved in Athletics from a very early age both as a competitor and administrator.

He was very much involved with Community Games in Milltown/Listry as organiser and coach. He was also involved with the Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club since its foundation.

Over the years Jim has competed in athletic events, mainly high jump and long jump, both in Ireland and abroad.

Recently he travelled to Derby in the UK in the British Masters Championship and won Gold in the 100 metres and Long Jump and finished second in the High Jump.

Jim, who is a very modest man, was actively involved with Listry Community Council as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for his commitment to keeping our community litter free by organising a number of litter picking days each year.

Always interested in fitness, Jim often came along to the Listry Seniors Social day and led the group in gentle exercises.

“Jim is a very worthy recipient of the O’Shea Award 2022 and we thank him for a lifetime of service to others,” Tony Darmody, Chairman, said.

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