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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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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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