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Restored 1930s movie to be screened for charity

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By Sean Moriarty

Ireland’s first talking feature length movie - written and directed by Killarney man Tom Cooper in 1936 - will be screened at Killarney Cinema from today (Friday).

‘The Dawn’ is a story of the Irish War of Independence and was shot entirely in Killarney with the cast made up of local people only.

The original reel was destroyed in the World War Two Blitz in London but the Cooper family were lucky to have a copy and they had it restored by Kerry ETB around five years ago.

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Every few years they offer to show a film in aid of a local charity to help them with fundraising.

Tommy Copper’s grandaughter Kathrine Cronin is a volunteer member of HeartBeat Killarney, and as a result the movie will enjoy a week long stint at her family’s cinema, operated by the director’s grandson and Kathrine’s cousin Tommy, on East Avenue, from September 3 to 9.

“We will only show this film in Killarney and will only do it for charity,” Kathrine told the Killarney Advertiser.

Tommy Copper was a man ahead of his time and his prime motive in making the film was to showcase Killarney as a tourism destination.

“He was always in England promoting the town and that is where he bought the camera,” added Kathrine. “They made their own tripod out of an axle from a car. My sister, Michelle Cooper-Galvin, still has it.”

HeartBeat Killarney president Billy O’Sullivan is looking forward to watching the movie. He remembers previous generations of his family talking about the film and some of his family even starred in it.

“Everything was done on a shoestring, it was filmed right across the street from the cinema,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “The whole town was involved as extras but nobody wanted to play a Black and Tan.”

The audience will be limited to just 50 people for each viewing.

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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