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Two IFTA awards for Jessie Buckley

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By Michelle Crean

Kerry actors proved they've got talent as they took home some prestigious Irish awards on Sunday night.

It was yet again another triumph for Killarney's best loved actress Jessie Buckley who secured two Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) on RTÉ hosted by comedian Deirdre O'Kane. The event, which was presented virtually this year due to the ongoing pandemic, showed an emotional Jessie accept her awards; 'Winner of Best Actress' for her role in 'Wild Rose', and 'Best Supporting Actress Drama' for Chernobyl.

Tralee native and Love/Hate star, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, won the 'Best Actor' award for his role in the movie 'Rialto'.

On screen Jessie appeared emotional saying "This is a complete honour, I feel completely shellshocked".

The Muckross native, who is currently living in the UK, is daughter of Tim and Marina Buckley and cut her teeth in music and drama with Killarney Musical Society. She began her career in 2008 as a contestant on the BBC TV talent show 'I'd Do Anything' and has gone on to star in many more top films and stage performances since.

Her latest roles include 'The Lost Daughter' which she has just finished filming in Greece with Paul Mescal, star of hit Irish drama 'Normal People'. She was due to appear on stage at the English National Theatre in 'Romeo and Juliet' but that has been halted due to COVID.

Fans can also catch her in Season 4 of 'Fargo' which will be coming out on Netflix shortly, and she is also currently on Netflix in 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things'. And unfortunately her film 'Misbehaviour' where Jessie stars alongside Kiera Knightley had just been released in cinemas as the country went into lockdown.

"All her roles are so diverse," her proud father Tim told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
"She even has the ability to suspend the belief that she is my daughter when I'm watching her on screen. She has the properties to get inside your head."

He said that he is delighted she is getting the recognition she deserves.

"It's nice to see. She's been very lucky, but she has made deliberate choices - she's quite picky with her roles."

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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