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Be careful down by the lake… The algae is back

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It has been a great summer in Killarney but, unfortunately, there was some bad news for the town this week. Following investigations on Lough Leane, Kerry County Council has once again identified algal growth along the shoreline of Killarney’s biggest lake.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the council revealed that “precautionary signage” will be erected at various locations around Lough Leane.

“Those who frequent the shoreline are being advised to exercise caution and not to allow dogs to enter the water. There are indications of further warm and humid conditions which may give rise to further algal blooms at other shoreline locations. Kerry County Council will continue to monitor this very closely.

“It should be stressed however that Lough Leane is currently considered to be in very good condition and that the development of algal growths is due to the exceptionally warm weather that has been experienced over the last few weeks.”

In 2016, a major outbreak of algae was linked to the death of a number of dogs and locals are rightly worried that the latest outbreak could pose a similar threat.

The newly erected signs will warn people to stay away from the blue/green scum.

KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL

DURING THE MONTHS OF MAY TO SEPTEMBER PERIOD AN ALGAL BLOOM OR DARKISH SCUM MAY APPEAR ON OR CLOSE TO THE SHORELINE.

PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION:

  • YOU ARE ADVISED TO AVOID CONTACT WITH THIS BLOOM/SCUM AS IT MAY CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION

KEEP ALL DOGS AWAY FROM THE WATER AND SHORELINE SC

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Camera club returns after summer break

Killarney Camera Club will begin its new autumn season with an open night in The Brehon Hotel on September 28. This is the first meeting since the club broke up […]

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Killarney Camera Club will begin its new autumn season with an open night in The Brehon Hotel on September 28.

This is the first meeting since the club broke up for the summer – new members are invited to attend the open meeting later this month .

“Our final competition of the last season was our Open Print competition in June, and 20 unique and enthralling prints were on display in The Brehon on the night. Well done to everyone who put in the time, effort and expense to enter the competition. Thanks also to the many members who were involved in the logistics of bringing the season’s end competition to fruition.,” said club secretary Deirdre O’Donoghue.

“Throughout the year we hold a series of zoom meetings, fortnightly, and also have many in-house presentations of guest speakers , in their respective areas of photographic expertise , as well as occasional photographic outings throughout the club’s calendar year.”

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Kilcummin Comhaltas CCE launches trad music initiative

A new initiative from Kilcummin Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in association with Conor Moriarty sees the branch offer group music classes for those interested in traditional playing. Conor is combining with […]

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A new initiative from Kilcummin Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in association with Conor Moriarty sees the branch offer group music classes for those interested in traditional playing.

Conor is combining with the branch to gather musicians form beginner to advanced to give the ultimate group music experience.

“Its a great chance for newer players to learn from Conor, who himself is a champion musician but also from the other musicians that will attend the group in what undoubtedly will also offer a social outlet to all involved,” said Derek O Leary, PRO of Kilcummin Comhaltas CCE.

Conor has enormous previous experience. He is one of Irelands leading accordion players starting his playing career at the age seven. In 2009, Conor was crowned All-Ireland Champion on Melodeon at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and followed that up by becoming senior All-Ireland accordion Champion in 2010.

He also completed his MA in Irish traditional music performance at University Limerick that same year. He has worked professionally with many organisations including Siamsa Tire and more recently Gaelic Roots the show. He is also a much sought after music teacher where he has always enjoyed passing on his knowledge to the next generation.

The group sessions start on September 27 for an initial five-week term from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm in Kilcummin Rural Development Office.

For further details contact Conor on 087 9698063

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