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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 centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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