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Stunning images make national final!

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By Michelle Crean

Out of 3,000 entries it was two stunning images taken in Killarney National Park which made the final 12 of a prestigious photo competition.

PATIENCE: Karol Waszkiewicz patiently waited for hours and captured this stunning photo of a Red deer in the lake near Knockreer.

Well known local photographer Peter O'Toole has so far wowed the judges of RTÉ's Eye on Nature photo competition with his image of a Red deer in the rain, while Karol Waszkiewicz patiently waited for a day for his perfect shot of Red deer - and captured one in the water.

Using a 150 to 600mm zoom lens, Peter said he happened to be passing in his car and felt the conditions were right for his shot.

"It was a wet morning and when I was passing I could see the light was lovely, like a snow shower," Peter told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Everything came together; the light and shadow, I like to get the composition right. That was a standout shot."

Karol explained that he has a love of nature photography since 2005 and that it takes a lot of preparation and planning to get an image like that. He had waited all day in the rain and the cold with his camera and 400mm lens.

"It was October," he said. "I was there all day from early morning in a few different locations, this particular spot was three hours. The sun was setting so I said maybe I'll stay another 20 minutes then the stag appeared in water."

Now both men will head to the Botanic Gardens on Wednesday where they will find out who has won live on The Today Show. There will also be eight runners up.

Both Peter and Karol said that they are excited but happy to have made the final 12.

"I'm really happy, it's a huge achievem entespecially as the judges are professional wildlife photographers and filmmakers."

Peter, who worked as a Park Ranger locally for over 40 years and 20 years up close with Red deer, added "making the final 12 out of 3,000 is as good as winning".

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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