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Rare moth discovered in Killarney National Park

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DISCOVERY:Local moth enthusiast and orthodontist Stephen Cotter made the discovery last Friday.

A very rare moth has been discovered in Killarney National Park.

The White Prominent Leucodonta was believed to be extinct in Ireland and Ireland.

Local moth enthusiast and orthodontist Stephen Cotter made the discovery last Friday.

“A mysterious and iconic moth, assumed extinct in Ireland and Britain by the 1930s but re-found in 2008 in a remote area near Glencar. For the past 80 years various surveyors have tried to locate it in Killarney national park, but no success until last Friday night,” Stephen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is a very striking moth, and enthusiasts from the UK come here annually to try and catch a glimpse. It is only on the song for a few weeks a year.

“I was surveying a remote area in the National Park for moths, targeting its preferred habitat of ancient birch. I was stunned to find an adult male in the trap, the first found in Killarney National Park for over 80 years.

“It means a separate population of this very rare moth probably exists here, making the species less vulnerable.

“I am an orthodontist and have a very keen interest in insect science and moths in particular.

“They are an amazing group, though most people consider them dull and a pest. They are vital pollinators and benefit all of us. We should be very proud of our moth diversity in kerry, we are a stronghold for very many species. I alone have recorded over 400 separate species in the county. That is amazing when you think about it.”

”The plan is now to try and establish just what the population is like out there.

"The National Park is such as treasure, you just never know what you can find.”

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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