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Talented artist Martin Carey opens a new chapter

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TALENTED Killarney cartoonist, artist and illustrator Martin Carey will himself be in the picture this Saturday as he opens a brand-new chapter with his fantastic first book The Hahah.

Martin, from Kilcummin, has always had a passion for art and will be known to many locally for his stunning watercolour paintings. Now his cartoons have won him another whole legion of fans both in print and online, particularly in the past few months.

Since May, Killarney Advertiser was delighted to welcome Martin as our resident cartoonist – and we always look forward to seeing and sharing with our readers Martin’s unique and witty take on life in Killarney and beyond.

Martin, who has been a member of staff with Irish Rail and who has worked at Killarney Railway Station for the past 25 years, has a real eye for the faces and places he encounters. “I called the book The Haha, both in reference to the place in Killarney town centre and also as a play on words,” said Martin. Indeed, one of his memorable cartoons shows The Simpsons character Nelson at the Haha in Killarney – Nelson is, of course, renowned for his catchphrase “ha ha”. “The book mainly consists of cartoons about Killarney and Kerry with an emphasis on local issues, politics, Kerry football and the GAA,” added Martin.

The Haha, which was designed by Ticketyboo Design & Print at Killarney Advertiser, features a whole host of eye-catching, humorous and thought-provoking cartoons and would make the perfect Christmas present.

The 64-page publication will be available for sale throughout Killarney, in Eason, O’Connor’s Newsagents, Eagers, Kerry GAA Store in Killarney Outlet Centre, Bricin, Serendipity and Muckross Gift Shop. It retails at €9.99. Martin will also be selling it online through Facebook (martincareyart) and Etsy.

Martin, who is a past pupil of Holy Cross Mercy National School, Presentation Monastery National School and St Brendan’s College, has also had his work published nationally in the Phoenix magazine and examples of his cartoons, illustrations and watercolours can be viewed on Facebook at Martincareyart where Martin will also be setting up an online shop link. “Artistically I'm self-taught,” said Martin. “At a younger age I loved comic books, 2000AD particularly.”

Interestingly, it was the general election that ensured he took up his cartoonist’s pen again. “During the election earlier this year I did a couple of cartoons in support of Danny Healy-Rae’s late candidacy,” said Martin. “These cartoons received a huge reaction online, most of which were viewed between 30,000 and 40,000 times, with a worldwide reach, so after this I began to concentrate on the cartoons and all this has culminated in the book.”

Martin’s wife Tina and his daughters Nicola, Hazel and Holly will be wishing him well at his book launch this Saturday at 2pm in Killarney Library. The book will be lby TDs and brothers Michael and Danny Healy-Rae (both of whom feature regularly in the book). Admission is free and all are welcome.

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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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