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Almost 5,000 take part in the 10th annual County Clean Up

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Thousands of volunteers collected hundreds of bags of litter across the county on Saturday during the tenth annual County Clean Up.

Bridie Doherty joined in the KWD Annual County Clean-Up Day at Looscaunagh Lough. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Denis Tangney whose daughter Orla Tangney and husband Noel O'Reilly (KWD Recycling) with Natalie Bahric with her daughter Yeseniya Bahric and Sofia Volovyk who fled their homes in war torn Ukraine two weeks ago joined in the KWD Annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

FATHER AND SON: Father and son Seamus and Seamus Jnr O'Donoghue Flesk Killarney joined in the KWD Annual County Clean-Up Day organised by Kerry County Council and facilitated by KWD Recycling. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

HARD AT IT: Terence Mulcahy (left) and Derry O'Mahony joined in the KWD Annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

HELPING TOGETHER: Host family Orla Tangney (left) and husband Noel O'Reilly (KWD Recycling) with Natalie Bahric with her daughter Yeseniya Bahric and Sofia Volovyk who fled their homes in war torn Ukraine two weeks ago joined in the KWD Annual County Clean-Up Day. Also Included are staff members and family at KWD Tadgh Healy Denis Tangney Anna Murphy Luke Kate Jack Murphy Denis Lyne and Sean Murphy Director KWD. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Husband and wife team Carol Dempsey and Sean Buckley joined in the KWD Annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Johnny McGuire (left) and Conor Hennigan pictured helping at the KWD Annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Johnny McGuire fishing for rubbish. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Out in the wilds of Looscaunagh Lough Mike Doherty joined in the KWD Annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

For the first time in three years, the County Clean Up was able to take place at full capacity and almost 5,000 volunteers registered with KWD Recycling to participate. KWD has begun the collection of all of the litter which has been collected by community groups and individuals all over Kerry.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney thanked all those who participated.

"It was so uplifting to see so many people in their high-vis vests and equipped with bags and litters pickers in towns and rural areas in every part of the county. The weather held up nicely and ensured that volunteers could play their part. I want to say a very sincere thank you to each and every one of them for their assistance and particularly Tidy Towns committees and community groups who coordinated the effort in their areas," said Cllr Moloney.

Noel O’Reilly of KWD Recycling echoed the appreciation for all of the volunteers.

"The County Clean Up is now a well-established community event and gives an annual focus to the environment and waste in Kerry. We would ask everyone to bear with us while we gather up all of the bags of litter for disposal. Well done to everyone who took part."

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project

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Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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