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2021 was busiest year ever for Kerry Mountain Rescue

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Kerry Mountain Rescue Team dealt with 68 callouts in 2021, which was the busiest year since the team’s establishment in 1966.

It follows a quiet year in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic casting a shadow over both years; strict lockdowns meaning fewer numbers of people taking to the hills last year, and the reverse trend in 2021 with huge numbers of people out and about, particularly over the summer months.

The large increase in visitors to the mountains of the South West this year inevitably resulted in a higher rate of callouts with the majority of incidents occurring in the McGillycuddy’s Reeks and a number of others occurring on the Dingle and Beara peninsulas.
Slips, falls and lost parties accounted for the vast majority of incidents with a high percentage of serious injuries.

“Though accidents can and do happen to even the most experienced mountaineers, the main trend in incidents during the year involved a significant number of poorly prepared and ill-equipped parties on the hills,” said a Kerry Mountain Rescue Team spokesperson.

“While it is fantastic to see the increase in popularity of mountain sports in recent years, we would strongly advise people new to the mountains to ensure they research their chosen activity well in advance and employ the services of a guide or join a club to learn the skills required for a safe and enjoyable adventure.”

The team continued to train regularly throughout the year, ensuring that essential core skills such as first aid, casualty care and evacuation, technical ropework, navigation, 4x4 and radio communications were refreshed with newer skills and techniques well-practiced in all conditions.

“Once again, we would like to extend a sincere thanks to all those who have donated funds to the team over the year. The team relies heavily on donations to meet our annual running costs and we very much appreciate the effort that donors and fundraisers make in this regard,” added the spokesperson.

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Efforts to find owner of designer jewellery found in Fossa

A Killarney resident is trying to find the owner of a designer ring that she found outside her house a few months ago. Kristy Nicholas, pictured, found the ring on […]

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A Killarney resident is trying to find the owner of a designer ring that she found outside her house a few months ago.

Kristy Nicholas, pictured, found the ring on s footpath in the Lackabane Estate in Fossa on December 29 last.

Since then she has exhausted all channels in an effort to find the owner including regular contact with the Gardai and local word of mouth.

“Since that time I worked to find the owner through word of mouth and by filing a report with Gardai. Since I’ve been unsuccessful,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The owner could ring the Killarney Gardai station and provide details to be connected with me. To be reunited a description will be needed, such as the brand and designer and type of ring It’s quite an expensive ring so I’m really hoping to get it back to the right place.”

Kristy can be contacted on 087 3443500

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Celtic Whiskey Bar now offering wine Wednesdays and Sundays

The Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder on New Street is adding another string to its bow and as well as offering whiskey tasting sessions the popular bar is set to […]

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The Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder on New Street is adding another string to its bow and as well as offering whiskey tasting sessions the popular bar is set to become a wine lovers paradise.

The bar is launching a Wine Wednesday and Sunday experience.Every Wednesday and Sunday, with a full wine menu available, offering a delightful selection ranging from fizz to rich reds and delicate rosés. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier or just beginning to explore the world of wine, there’s something for everyone to savour.“Step into the cosy establishment nestled in the heart of Killarney and prepare to embark on a journey through vineyards and varietals, all at heavily discounted prices that won’t break the bank,” said the bar in a statement.“And the best part? Bottles start from just €20, making indulgence accessible to all.”Each week, the bar will be showcasing special wines available by the glass to  complement a delectable menu offerings.“The perfect pairing with their new and updated menu. The perfect spot for some casual drinks and dinner. Treat yourself to cheeseboards, chowder or any of the tasting offerings the new menu has to offer. Whatever your preference, their knowledgeable staff are on hand to guide you through our extensive wine selection, offering expert recommendations and ensuring that each sip is nothing short of perfection,” added the statement.

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