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Premier of Kerry film ‘Joyride’ showcased to a full house at Cinema Killarney



By Sean Moriarty

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood came to Killarney on Wednesday night when the Kerry International Film Festival premiered ‘Joyride’.

The film, shot entirely on location in County Kerry and stars Oscar-winner Olivia Colman and newcomer (and the star of the show) Charlie Reid made its Kerry debut in Cinema Killarney ahead of going on general release this weekend.

It tells the story of family, motherhood and social issues in an action packed, often funny and often sad, journey through life and Kerry.

A huge number t of local people were involved in the production of Joyride, both as cast and crew and by providing locations, so there was great excitement in the cinema to see the finished film on the big screen

Filmed exclusively in Kerry last year, 'Joyride' is set to be released across the UK and Ireland on Friday, so those who attended the preview screening were in for a real treat as they got to see an array of local actors, extras and of course, world-renowned Kerry scenery on the big screen for the first time.

‘Joyride’ was written by Kerry based Ailbhe Keogan, who is a Kerry International Film Board member and a graduate of Kerry College, and directed by Emmy award winning Emer Reynolds.

Keogan told the packed audience how she was inspired to write the screenplay when she herself struggled with motherhood and, at the same time, heard a radio news story about a young joyrider who stole a car in County Tipperary with a new-born baby on board.

“I wondered if this boy racer could have been my own saviour,” she said.

Dublin-based Reynolds, an Emmy award winning director and writer added: “It was really important to show this film in Kerry, we got incredible help from the people of Kerry and the county is another character in the film.



Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]




Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project



Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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