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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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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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