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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 www.ppai.ie for exhibition tour updates.

 

 

 

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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Jesse Buckley’s latest blockbuster showing at Killarney cinemas

  Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas ‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities. Set in a sleepy seaside […]

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Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas

‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities.

Set in a sleepy seaside village in 1920s England, the plot centres on two women who fall out after Edith Swan (played by Olivia Colman) accuses Buckley’s character Rose Gooding of sending poison and anonymous letters’ and things get very heated between the two.

The Irish Film Institute says: “ This delightfully foul-mouthed comedy gives free reign to the considerable comedic talents of Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley to uproarious effect.”

Rose Gooding is described as a rambunctious Irish immigrant while Edith Swan , a spinster living with her dictatorial father is their next door neighbour.

“Relations between the pair are frosty at best, and when Edith starts receiving truly foul anonymous letters, accusing the god-fearing woman of all manner of unspeakable degradations, the finger of guilt would appear to point squarely at Rose. The letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues,” adds the Irish Film Institute.

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