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More film fun next week with HER Festival

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By Michelle Crean

The film theme is set to continue in town as the second annual HER International Film Festival gets underway.

Founded by local man Olámídé Ojegbenro, the festival, which will feature a mixture of both in-person and online screenings and workshops, will run from tomorrow (Monday) until next Sunday (October 25 to 31).

Online events will run from the Monday to Thursday, while in-person events will run from October 29 - 31 at St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Kenmare Place.

The festival includes 118 feature films, short films, feature-length and short-form documentaries, animations, music videos, scripts, screenplays and student films from 52 countries.

HER is an entirely youth-led film festival whose creative and decision making team is made up of young people aged 24 and below. Despite the challenging conditions we have all faced over the last 12 months the festival has received a vast and inspiring array of submissions this year, Olámídé explained.

“I believe that creating a platform such as Her International Film Festival to showcase the work of young women in film, television, and animation is critical to achieving gender balance in the film industry, which is why my team and I focused on the next generation of female filmmakers to give them a voice that their works cherish and loved by festivals like ours.”

For more see www.herintlfilmfestival.com.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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