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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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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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