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IFTA logoTwo documentaries with Kerry links are in competition at this year’s Irish Film and Television Academy Awards which take place tonight.

‘A Doctor’s Sword’ produced by IT Tralee lecturer Bob Jackson has been nominated in the best feature documentary category.

It tells the story of Dr Aidan MacCarthy from West Cork, who was captured by the Japanese during World War II.

Mr Jackson said it was a pleasant surprise to be nominated:

Meanwhile Atoms Films based in Ardfert has been nominated in the same category in the IFTAs for their documentary ‘Older Than Ireland.’

It tells the story of 30 people aged 100 years and older.

Michael O’Connor who was born in Glencar in 1913 features in the documentary.

It also includes the late Jackie ‘The Farmer’ O’Sullivan from Killarney who died last November at the age of 103.

The director of ‘Older Than Ireland’, Alex Fegan has also been nominated for a Rising Star Award.