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80 years of recording rainfall at Muckross House

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The National Park has been measuring rainfall for 80 years - records began in 1943 - when the Park was known as the Bourne Vincent Memorial Park. 

In that year it recorded 63 and a half inches of rain, (63 I/2 inches) handwritten results were sent to the Meteorological Station in Dublin.
Every morning at 9.00am dedicated staff , 365 days a year, would measure the rainfall, at the weather station.

Gerry Murphy is the Horticultural Supervisor, at National Parks and Wildlife Service, Killarney National Park, took over the task when the late Bill Carson retired in 2000.

Automation of Muckross weather station began in 2019 with data transmitted directly to Met Eireann.

Using the old method of gathering water from the funnel together with the automated system, Gerry has been keeping records both manually and by computer.

The wettest year in Muckross was recorded in 2015 with a total of 87 and three quarter inches of rainfall.

The driest year recorded in Muckross was in 1971, with a total of 48 and a quarter inches.

The total for last year at Muckross on December, 31 2023 was a total of 75 Inches of rainfall.

Over the years there were substations at St. Finan’s Hospital - which was always drier, the highest levels were recorded on Mangerton Mountain and Muckross Peninsula, which has its own microclimate with the proximity of the mountains and lakes, making it much wetter.

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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