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At the opening of the Press Photographers of Ireland exhibition of award winning photographs in the Killarney Library on Monday were seated from left, Cllr Brendan Cronin, chairman, Killarney Municipal Authority, who officially opened the exhibition, Michael Chester, president, PPAI, and Kate O'Leary, president, Killarney Chamber; back, photographer Domnick Walsh, Tralee, Tommy O'Connor, Kerry County librarian, photographer Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan, Killarney, Cllr Mick Gleeson, Eamonn Browne, Killarney Librarian and photographer Don MacMonagle, PICTURE: SALLY MACMONAGLE

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KILLARNEY’S first citizen Councillor Brendan Cronin put Kerry photographers in the picture on Tuesday when he cut the ribbon on the prestigious Press Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition in the local library on Rock Road.

The chairman of Killarney Municipal District was extremely impressed with the collection of winning and shorltlisted images from the annual awards organised by the Press Photographers Association of Ireland. They will be on display in Killarney Library until August 25.

“I want to congratulate our own Don MacMonagle who came first in the Nature and Environment section with a beautiful image of Ballinskelligs at night,” said Cllr Cronin.

“I am delighted also that the work of Valerie O Sullivan and Domnick Walsh was shortlisted. The unique talent of press photographers to capture a moment in time and the ability to relay a particular story with a photograph is something to be truly admired.”

Over 2,000 images were entered into the annual awards this year, by 103 photographers from around the country. Awards were presented across nine categories: news, daily life and people, nature and the environment, politics, sports action, sports feature, portrait, art and entertainment and reportage.

Mark Condren, Irish Independent, was named ‘Press Photographer of the Year 2016’, his fourth time to receive the accolade. The awards judging panel included Dermot O’Shea, former picture editor of The Irish Times, who chaired the panel; John Giles, photographic editor of Press Association and Sophie Batterbury, head of pictures, The Independent/The Independent on Sunday.

Michael Chester, president, Press Photographers Association of Ireland, said: “I am delighted the PPAI exhibition is visiting Killarney, the exhibition’s first visit to the South West this year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Librarian Eamonn Browne and Killarney Library for its support and we hope visitors will enjoy viewing the work of our members.”
 


 
Above: At the opening of the Press Photographers of Ireland exhibition of award winning photographs in the Killarney Library on Monday were, seated from left, Cllr Brendan Cronin, chairman, Killarney Municipal Authority, who officially opened the exhibition, Michael Chester, president, PPAI, and Kate O'Leary, president, Killarney Chamber; back, photographer Domnick Walsh, Tralee, Tommy O'Connor, Kerry County librarian, photographer Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan, Killarney, Cllr Mick Gleeson, Eamonn Browne, Killarney Librarian and photographer Don MacMonagle, PICTURE: SALLY MACMONAGLE

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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