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By Michelle Crean

Five Kerry photographers proved that they’ve an eye for the perfect picture as they received prestigious awards for their work on Friday night.

Well known Killarney photographer Valerie O’Sullivan, Bryan O’Brien, Stephen McCarthy, Darragh McSweeney andJerry Kennelly all received an award at the annual Press Photographers Association of Ireland annual awards night in the Ballsbridge Hotel, with photographers from across the island of Ireland in attendance.

Awards were presented across nine categories;news, daily life and  people, nature and the environment, politics, sports action, sports feature, portrait, art and entertainment and reportage, alongside a dedicated award for multimedia.

Valerie was awarded 2nd in the Nature and the Environment category outstanding image of an ESB van arriving to Valentia Island Lighthouse during storm force Eleanor.

Bryan O’Brien from The Irish Times received the Multimedia Award, Stephen McCarthy from Sportsfile received 1stplace in the Sports Action category, Darragh McSweeney received 2nd in the Portrait category, while Tralee man Jerry Kennelly received 3rd in the Portrait category. Photographers Julien Behal and Brendan Moran received Merits for the work they submitted.

The judging panel was chaired by former Picture Editor, The Irish Times, Dermot O’Shea, and included acclaimed Photographer and Photography Commentator, Eamonn McCabe and, Former Picture Editor, The Herald, Glasgow, Jim Connor. The multimedia award was judged by Michael Lee, RTÉcameraman and Philip Bromwell, RTÉ News video and mobile journalist.

“The fact that there was five photographers from Kerry that won is great,” Valerie O’Sullivan, told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).

Valerie explained that she planned her photograph - knowing that the storm was raging and cutting off power across country.

“I rang Ger Kennedy in The Moorings and asked what time the tide was turning and about the swell. I then went to Cromwell’s Point and was shooting away when an ESB van arrived. I mean what are the chances of an ESB van turning up to Valentia Island Lighthouse!”

And she added a big thank you toESB Networks, as well asFáilte Ireland, especially Brendan Griffin, who secured the sponsorship for the awards night.

ThePress Photographers Association of Ireland ‘Press Photographer of the Year 2019’ Exhibition, featuring 101prints, will be available to view at the RDS, Dublin Airport and a number of other locations throughout the country. See for exhibition tour updates.






Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake



On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website,


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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments



The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.


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