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Students click the shutter for 2022 charity calendar

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CREATING: Teacher Lorraine Crowley and student Lauren Fleming from Killarney Community College pictured creating photos for the 2022 charity calendar.

By Michelle Crean

 

Students are putting their creativity to the test by capturing images under various themes as a fundraiser for their school and a local charity.

Inspired by their teacher Lorraine Crowley, who has a passion for photography, and organised with the Parents Council of Killarney Community College, First to Sixth Year students, as well incoming First Year students, are being encouraged to click the shutter to capture a different theme every month.

Lorraine will then put together a display of photographs from each theme, from each year group per month and the calendar will be designed and published over the summer ready to go on sale in the autumn.

After developing an interest in photography in 2016, Lorraine has experience in creating her own calendar for charities in her local area.

In December 2018, a neighbour of Lorraine's, John Eagle, passed away from cancer. John was a local photographer in the Beara Peninsula and was known widely around the country. Before he passed away, he asked Lorraine to continue his calendar and so she did. Between her calendar for 2020 and 2021, she has raised almost €8,000 for St Joseph's Hospital, Castletownbere and Cancer Connect, two charities that were close to John's heart.

"From experience, it is important that the photographs for each month of the year in the calendar need to illustrate that month," Lorraine said.

"So, together with the Parents Council, we decided to give the students a different theme every month this school year from December to May for the calendar next year. The Transition Years helped me to pick the themes to give to the students."

The students are given two themes every month such as 'sparkle', 'water', 'frost', 'winter landscape', 'red and pink', 'living lockdown', 'springtime', 'green', 'clouds', 'flowers' etc. These are to encourage the students to reflect their own perception of the theme in a photograph, she explained.

"During lockdown this was a great task for us to get us out and about in the fresh air and be in nature. It is great excitement to get the themes every month," added student Jack Ryan Brain.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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