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Army bomb disposal unit called to defuse live grenade

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By Michelle Crean

 

A live World War II grenade had to be defused by the army bomb disposal team after Gardai discovered it in a house just outside Killarney town on Tuesday night.

Homeowners, who had just inherited the house, had to be evacuated for a number of hours and an army team from Collins Barracks rushed to make the device safe.

The new owners, who were moving into the property which they inherited from an antiques dealer relative, had called the Gardai to find out if the old firearms he had collected were within the law.

However, at 5pm when Gardai travelled to the house located approximately five miles outside Killarney town, they then discovered the US Military 36 grenade – more commonly known as a ‘Pineapple grenade’.

“The owners contacted the Gardai as there was a significant amount of antique items, and during an assessment of the property we discovered the grenade,” Sergeant Dermot O’Connell told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The occupants hadn’t moved in and we secured the area. We contacted the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit in Cork and advised them of our concerns. The dispersed immediately. They were on scene at 9pm. We were delighted with their quick assistance and support in such a timely manner.”

He explained that the device was found to be live and the army EOD Unit carried out a controlled explosion nearby at 11.10pm.

The occupants were then left back into the house and the firearms will now go to a firearms dealer, he added.

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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