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Calls to postpone winter time change for duration of lockdown

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By Sean Moriarty

With the clock set to go back one hour on Sunday signalling the arrival of winter time, Cllr Michael Gleeson is calling on the Government to postpone the time change until after the six week Level 5 lockdown.

He is concerned that the darker evenings will cause further stress to people who already feel isolated.

During the first lockdown which began in March, just as the evenings were getting longer, people were still able to get out and about, even within the 5km limit.

From next week, Cllr Gleeson says people will be confined to their homes from 5pm each evening until 8am the next morning.

“I believe that the Government should seriously consider reverting to new time for the six-week lockdown thus allowing the elderly, the newly unemployed and all others who are restricted an additional hour of evening daylight during which they could recreate, work out the back or in their gardens,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Most importantly it would reduce the length of time of their confinement indoors which many people find very difficult and will be even more so now due to the additional hours of darkness.”

One of the reasons Day Light Saving was introduced was to allow children travel to school each morning in daylight.

“As most school children travel by either cars or buses to schools, the additional darkness during the mornings would not be an undue inconvenience for the six weeks. I'm sure that the innate generosity of children and young adults would wish to make life as tolerable as possible for their grandparents and for their elderly neighbours,” he added.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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