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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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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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