TALK that Killarney could become the answer to Tinseltown echoes back and forth across the decades – in recent years, the town produced its own homegrown Hollywood hero in the shape of Michael Fassbender, but going back even further, Killarney filmmaker Tom Cooper made an iconic movie in the 1930s.
Now the classic film The Dawn written and directed by Mr Cooper in his hometown in 1936 is newly restored and was screened at Cinema Killarney on Friday evening.
This film was the inspiration for “The Dawn workshops”, a successful series of masterclasses by top international and award-winning filmmakers which are now run on a regular basis for film and television practitioners by the National Digital Skills Centre at Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB) centre in Tralee. Diarmuid Galvin, a great-grandson of Tom Cooper, is a co-creator with Brian Nolan of “The Dawn workshops”.
The Dawn was the first talkie made in Ireland. Mr Cooper used Killarney talent, from technicians to local actors, family and friends, to shoot a story loosely based on the War of Independence and of course featuring the dazzling beauty of Killarney’s mountains and lakes.
For some years now, the original film has been held in a specially controlled environment in the British Film Institute in order to preserve the delicate film substance from deterioration.
Now in co-operation with the Cooper family, Brian Nolan and the digital skills production team at Kerry ETB Training Centre have digitised and restored this classic film to its former glory.
The town was eagerly looking forward to enjoying the screening, with the Cooper family this week sharing family lore including stories of Walt Disney visiting Kerry in the 1950s and meeting Tom Cooper. Killarney photographer Michelle Cooper Galvin recalls her grandfather with affection. “He was an innovator – his two big passions were films and tourism. I think he made the film to promote Killarney as a tourist destination; he founded The Glebe Hotel and opened a cinema in Killarney and was the first to bring bus-loads of visitors to Killarney.”
Members of the Cooper family at the screening of the new digitised version of ‘The Dawn’ at Killarney Cinema on Friday night. From left are Katherine Cooper, Tommy Cooper, Michelle Cooper Galvin, Diarmuid Galvin and Therese Cooper. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH
Who’s in your circle?
Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]
Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?
Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.
With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.
From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.
Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”
Ask yourself these three questions;
* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?
Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.
When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.
Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!
There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]
There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.
Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.
“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.
Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!
“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.
“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”
The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.
To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.
Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds
70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]
70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.
They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.
Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.
“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”
Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.
News2 weeks ago
“Don’t shut Main Street” plead town retailers
News3 weeks ago
It’s showtime: Omniplex Killarney announces July opening plan
News4 years ago
Sportif to unlock Kerry’s potential as must-visit cycling destination
News2 weeks ago
The buzz is back in town as pubs and restaurants reopen
Sport4 weeks ago
The foreign game: How soccer took roots in Killarney
Sport2 weeks ago
Eamonn Fitzgerald: Keane should know 11 of his 15 starters