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By Michelle Crean

It was lights, camera and time to mingle at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday).

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Thomas and Peter Maguire.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Barney Scholes and Tom O'Meara.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Jessica Courtney Leen and Jennifer Courtney Leen.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Lorcan Cranitch and Declan Reeks.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Nicola O Gorman Marie Linehan and Peter Maguire.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Darina Gallobaand Siobhan Flannigan.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Damian O'Callaghan and Nathan Griffin.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Damian O'Callaghan Declan O'Shea and Tim O'Connor (OC Productions).

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Jessica Courtney Leen and Jennifer Courtney Leen.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Marie Linehan and Marie Ni Choistín.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Ailbhe Keogan (KIFF) Irene Cronin-O'Reilly Aine Moriarty (founder and Chief Executive of the Irish Film & Television Academy) Aileen Garvey and Grace O'Donnell (Chair of KIFF).

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Marie Ruiséal Eibh Collins and Deirdre Ní Choistín.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Ben Ryan and Denise Buckley.

Pictured at the official opening of the Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF) yesterday evening (Thursday) at the Randles Hotel were: Kerry Nichols and David Nichols (Australia).

There was a fine crowd at the Randles Hotel for the first in-person event as COVID pushed the popular annual film festival online over the last few years.

Celebrating its 23rd edition KIFF promotes and showcases film and filmmaking talent across 30+ events via a truly exciting programme that is not to be missed. This year’s festival will take place over this weekend across a series of venues throughout Killarney as well as showcasing a bespoke KIFF screening in Dingle on Sunday.

"As we have such an exciting few days of films and events ahead, it only feels right to start with a bang and open the festival with a sold out screening of 'Tarrac'," speaking at the opening celebration for KIFF 2022, Eibh Collins, Programme Director, said.

"It is fantastic to see such strong support of not only a locally shot film, but also of an Irish language film! KIFF have worked hard to curate an exciting variety of films and events across this year’s festival, there is something for everyone and we hope that the public enjoys it."

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The opening night of the festival was followed by a screening of KIFF’s opening film for 2022, 'Tarrac' in the IMC Cinema in Killarney. Sold out in both Killarney and Dingle, this Irish language drama shot on location in Kerry, is directed by Declan Recks and produced by Clíona Ní Bhuachalla. The cast attended the opening night gala screening at the IMC including Lorcan Cranitch, Kate NicChonaonaigh, screenwriter Eugene O’Brien and director Declan Recks, and KIFF were delighted to see the film being so warmly received.

KIFF recently announced Actress and Writer Amy Huberman as the KIFF 2022 Maureen O’Hara Award recipient.

Additional, Irish highlights across KIFF 2022 include, 'Million Dollar Pigeons', by Gavin Fitzgerald and the Galway Film Fleadh Award-Winner Lakelands. 'Lakelands' director's Robert Higgins and Patrick McGiveny and stars Eanna Hardwicke and Danielle Galligan will be attending the Q&A for Lakelands directly after the screening at IMC Cinema Killarney which takes place at 6pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Additionally, over the three full days of the festival KIFF’s International Selection hosts a themed selection of music documentaries which are sponsored by Tower Records Ireland and there is also a dedicated programme of Ukraine films titled ‘BE BRAVE LIKE UKRAINE’, curated by guest programmer Mira Oyetoro.

All of these films will be in competition for the prestigious KIFF 2022 Awards. The winners will be announced on Sunday at the official KIFF Awards ceremony which is very generously hosted by the Great Southern Killarney.

The ever-popular IFTA Business Networking Event will be hosted by the CEO of IFTA, Áine Moriarty, today (Friday) at The Plaza Hotel, Killarney.

Additionally, an ‘In Conversation with Amy Huberman’ event will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at Randles Hotel Killarney while Pat Shortt will be debuting his short film ‘Warts & All’ on Sunday (October 23) at The Great Southern Killarney’s cinema screening room.

Tickets, event registration and festival passes will be available to purchase from www.kerryfilmfestival.com.

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Kerry rowing clubs flock to Killarney for the start of the coastal season

There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the […]

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There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the Lake’ time-trial for coastal one-design boats.

The event, hosted by the local Flesk Valley Rowing Club, signalled the start of the summer season for clubs rowing the coastal ‘one-design’ boats.

It was fitting that on the weekend that the Killarney National Park celebrated the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House to the public, that hundreds of people also flocked to the Flesk Valley shore to appreciate and enjoy the splendour of the park.

Speaking after the event, Flesk Valley chairman, John Fleming thanked all the Kerry clubs who supported this new event and congratulated all the first-time rowers taking to the water in a competitive event for the first time.
“We were delighted to welcome our neighbouring clubs Workmens’ and Fossa, and look forward to renewing rivalries with them again at the Killarney Regatta at the end of this month,” he said.

“We would also like to thank Mary B. Teahan, Andrew Wharton, Johanna King and the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association for all their support and encouragement, and Denis O’Leary for coordinating safety on the water.”
Flesk Valley would also like to thank the Killarney National Park, Leanes Tool Hire, Hegartys Shop and Muckross Rowing Club for their support.

“This was a great start to the coastal rowing season, and augurs well for the months ahead as clubs build towards the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships to be held in Dingle at the end of August,” added the chairman.

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NPWS announces nature scholarships to mark ‘Muckross 60’

Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of […]

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Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House and Gardens to the public. The scholarships will be funded and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Niall O Donnchú said, “Killarney and Muckross have a very special place in Ireland’s heritage legacy, and  such beautiful gems need constant care, nurturing and indeed protecting by future generations. In supporting these third level scholarships, the NPWS is building the knowledge base of the future to assist those generations in continuing to realise the full beauty and nature value of the very unique Muckross House and Gardens and Killarney National Park.”

Mr O Donnchú added: “Killarney has a long history of scholarship, research and frontier work on nature and that continues to this day in the management of Killarney National Park and Muckross House and Gardens. The endowment of these annual scholarships is a very clear attestation that this crucial work continues to be undertaken across our national park system and especially here in Killarney and Muckross. This work has been pioneering in respect of wildlife and nature research and indeed the reintroduction of endangered species and the discovery, even this year, of more.”

Minister for Education and Kerry T.D. Norma Foley also welcomed new scholarships to mark the 60th anniversary of Muckross House.

“Muckross House is one of the jewels in the crown of Kerry tourism and received almost one million visitors last year. These scholarships will further add to our understanding of this outstanding part of our national heritage,” she said.

Muckross House was built by the Herbert family, who were local landlords. They became very wealthy during the 18th century due to the working of the copper mines on the Muckross Peninsula. They commenced the building of the present Muckross House in 1839. It was completed in 1843 at cost of £30,000, just two years prior to the Great Irish Famine. The Herbert family hosted the visit of Queen Victoria to Muckross House in 1861 but later got into financial difficulties and lost the house in 1897.

It was then bought by Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family. He in turn sold it in 1911 to William Bowers Bourn, a wealthy Californian gold miner. Bowers Bourn gave it to his daughter Maud as a wedding gift when she married Arthur Rose Vincent, an Irish barrister who later became a Senator.

After Maude died from pneumonia in 1929, Arthur Rose Vincent decided to donate Muckross house to the Irish nation as a memorial to his wife. Muckross House was transferred to the state in 1932 with its 11,000 acre estate and became Ireland’s first National Park in 1933.

The park and gardens were opened to the public but the house remained closed until 1964 when it was reopened as a folk museum on June 14, 1964 following a campaign by people in Killarney.

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