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Celebrating Biodiversity Week in Kerry

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HAVE you an interest in the unique wildlife and biodiversity of Kerry? Would you like to learn more about the different types of bird, animals, insects and other creatures, great and small, that live with us in the Kingdom? Biodiversity Week is just around the corner and offers a range of family friendly, fun events that celebrate Kerry’s wildlife. From May 20 until May 28, Kerry County Council, in association with several local groups, is running a number of short workshops, days out, walks and talks on the many wonderful aspects of Kerry’s wildlife.

The series kicks off with an introduction to coastal life in Tralee Bay followed by wildlife gardening in Gortbrack Organic Farm, Ballyseedy. There are boat trips, talks, sea safaris and rock pool dipping not to mention a jellyfish workshop in Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium. This year, music and film will form part of the week thanks to events organised by the Fenit Development Association. Waterville will host a sea safari by marine biologist Lucy Hunt and there will be the ever-popular nocturnal ramble in Killarney National Park. Kayaking with Wild Water Adventures and coastal walks in Fenit and the Maharees will allow participants experience the beautiful coast.

Other events are supported by Clean Coast (An Taisce), Team Bramble, Tralee Wetlands Centre, Annascaul Adventures, Swift Conservation Ireland, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, Killorglin Tidy Towns, the Kerry Branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust, the Community Water Officer, Maharees Conservation Association and many more.

So if you have an interest in learning more about Kerry’s biodiversity come along and take part. Most of the events are free, open to everyone and several are suitable for children. Booking of some events is necessary as is transport to get to the various field trips. Further details can be obtained from Cathy Fisher, Kerry County Council on 066 7183521 or cathy.fisher@kerrycoco.ie/www.kerryheritage.ie or check out your local library for a leaflet with further details.
 


 
Above: Launching details of Biodiversity Week 2017, were Ian McGrigor, Gortbrack Organic Farm; Cathy Fisher, Biodiversity Officer, Kerry County Council; Dr David McCormick, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre; Niamh Ni Dhuill, Natural Kitchen Gardens; John Edwards, Wild Water Adventures; and Nanette Moore, Fenit Development Association.

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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