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World premiere of moving documentary tonight (Friday)

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By Michelle Crean

Award-winning feature documentary ‘Kilimanjaro Mama’ will have its world premiere on YouTube tonight (Friday) at 8pm.

The uplifting documentary invites audiences into the inspiring world of Kerry woman Louise Quill and documents her unrelenting passion and determination to give the children of Tanzania the best possible chance in life.

This 60 minute feature length documentary, which received critical acclaim at numerous international film festivals in Ireland, USA and Canada, and has picked up the award for best feature film at last year’s Kerry International Film Festival (KIFF), illustrates that one person really can make a difference.

During the documentary, directed by Malcolm Willis from Icy Peaks Media and produced by Brian Hurley from Big Handsome Media, Louise shares her heart-breaking, human and inspirational story of why she set up the Tír na nÓg Orphanage and school in Tanzania in 2006, what drives her, the impact it has had on her own health and well-being and the sacrifices she has made in her own life to ensure that these children can realise their own hopes and dreams.

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“We are thrilled to be able to reach a global audience so that we can share the story of Tír na nÓg with the world,” Louise, who the children affectionately call ‘Big Mama’, told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“We feel it is an uplifting story that puts life into perspective for everyone that views it. It offers hope in hopeless times and spreads a message of love.”

She added that since the project began back in 2006, they have developed many projects from a day care centre, kindergarten and primary school, to re-homing projects and feeding programmes.

“We employ almost 40 African people with this set to rise once the building of our new children's village begins. Along with our NGO Article 25, which is a humanitarian architectural charity, we are set to construct a large children's village complete with cottage style housing, library, dining hall and recreation and living space. The release of ‘Kilimanjaro Mama’ will hopefully help us to achieve this.”

Louise’s mother Carmel also features heavily in the documentary and expresses both concern and hints of disappointment at the life her daughter has chosen, explaining that she wishes Louise would have her own children and remain in Ireland full-time.

For more information see www.tirnanogorphanage.com or check it out here tonight.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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