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Young Killarney director hoping for film festival success

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By Sean Moriarty

A young Killarney filmmaker is hoping for national success at the Fresh Film Festival in the Youth Short film competition category.

Glen Bowler’s period drama ‘The Legend of Patrick Greenwood’ was shot on location in several Killarney locations including the National Park, Muckross House and Gardens, Ross Castle and Muckross Traditional Farm.

Set in the 1800s, ‘The Legend of Patrick Greenwood’ tells the story of a solider who returns from a war to resume life as a gardener at a stately home (Muckross House).

Lord Montenotte wants to reward Patrick (played by Aghadoe man Mikie Galvin), for his loyalty as a gardener.

His new found wealth puts his life in danger as a jealous rival plots to kill him.

“It is a fictional story but it is historically accurate,” Glen, who both wrote and directed the short film, said.

Glen has entered the 15-minute movie into the Limerick-based film festival.

Last year the West End House School of Arts student won the Regional Audience Award for his feature length ‘Inner Journey’.

“This time I wanted to tell a compact story, to condense the story into 15 minutes but still make an impact was a challenge.”

‘The Legend of Patrick Greenwood’ won’t go on general release until after the Fresh Film Festival which runs from March 27 until April 1.

The Killarney Advertiser got a sneak preview for review.

‘The Legend of Patrick Greenwood’ captures the beauty and splendour of Killarney National Park and its surrounds. For 15 minutes viewers are given a trip back in time, showing what life might have been like in Muckross two hundred years ago. It is well written, beautifully directed with a wealth of local acting talent – many of the students at Michael Fassbender's and the late Donal Courtney’s West End House School of Arts - are given the opportunity to showcase their skills.

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Jessie Buckley to perform live on RTE this Friday 22nd September

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This Culture Night, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will present an hour-long live music and arts programme from Dún Lúiche in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht at 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.  

Actress and singer Jessie Buckley has been added to the list of stellar musicians who will perform with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the night. Jessie will perform a special rendition of a Sinéad O’Connor song in tribute to the late artist. 

Jessie commented: “I am very honoured to return to Culture Night 2023 to remember Sinéad O Connor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Sinéad was such a huge influence on so many women in Ireland and across the world, her courage, her mind, her politics and her intense beauty and soul. She was a warrior to humanity. I remember hearing her for the first time and feeling her uncompromising need to connect and affect. Recognising what couldn’t be said and speaking it out loud. I am so grateful for all her fire and all her love. It is such a privilege to return to Ireland for RTÉ Culture Night in Donegal to sing a song of gratitude for Sinéad and her family and friends.” 

Other artists performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra include The Murder Capital, R&B singer and 2FM Rising star Aby Coulibaly and Irish-based Ukrainian musician Olesya Zdorovetska.  

Friday 22nd September, 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player 

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N22 Killarney to Faranfore road further delayed

The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again. Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project […]

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The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again.

Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project were identified and were put out to public consultation in May 2021. These have now been whittled down to just one.

It was previously promised that the preferred route would be published late last year.

This dragged on in to the Spring and there is still no sigh of the preferred route being revealed.

A recent Kerry County Council meeting a council official explained that there are further funding requirements to allow the council complete various reports and investigations required before the road can move to its next phase.

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