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Charity fishing competition planned in Killarney



FISHING: Launching ‘The Charity’ Lough Lein Anglers Association, Killarney annual charity event at Reen Pier, Ross Castle, Killarney were: Timo O’Sullivan (Chairman), Ian O’Connell and organising members, Phil Horan and Padraig Coughlan. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

The Lough Lein Anglers Association, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, will host its 32nd annual charity open fly fishing competition on April 28.

The event, known as ‘The Charity’ will take place on Lough Lein, from Ross Castle in Killarney National Park with funds this year going to the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) inDún Laoghaire Co Dublin.

Since its inception in 1987, the Lough Lein Anglers Association and its supporters have raised over €229,000 in Kerry and Cork.

Chairman of ‘The Charity’ organising committee, Timo O’Sullivan, is an avid angler, volunteer with many organisations in Kerry, and a wonderful advocate for wheelchair accessibility. It is 35 years since an accident at work resulted in Timo sustaining life changing injuries and leaving him wheelchair bound.

“The treatment and the expert care and lifelong friendship I received from staff at the NRH, has enabled me to carry out every aspect of daily life to the fullest extent,” he said.

“35 years on, and I am involved in many volunteer organisations in Killarney, beekeeping is my new passion,” Timo, who spent six months in the expert care of the NRH following his accident in 1984, said.

Building has commenced on a new state of the sports arena, rehabilitation facilities and 120 patient bedrooms, with the project expected to be completed by 2020.

“Our association has, following discussions with the NRH Foundation, agreed to expand the fundraising efforts of this year's charity. Our aim is to raise €58,000 which is the cost of equipping 26 of the 120 bedrooms. As well as ‘The Charity’ the NRH has been chosen as a beneficiary of this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. We are delighted to receive this news, and to have Ian O’Connell, the inspirational Killarney teenager, who sustained serious injuries in a cycle accident two years ago with us for this year’s launch at Reen Pier, together with organising members Phil Horan and Padraig Coughlan. The charity is indebted for the kind support and sponsorship of Lee Strand who come up trumps for us every year.”

The competition is open to members of angling clubs or associations which are TAFI or FISSTA associated. For further information about the event or donating to ‘The Charity’ contact Timo 087 9364886 or






Kerry rowing clubs flock to Killarney for the start of the coastal season

There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the […]




There was a fantastic spectacle of colour and rowing on Lough Leane last Sunday (June 16th) with the coastal rowing clubs of Kerry participating in the first ‘Head of the Lake’ time-trial for coastal one-design boats.

The event, hosted by the local Flesk Valley Rowing Club, signalled the start of the summer season for clubs rowing the coastal ‘one-design’ boats.

It was fitting that on the weekend that the Killarney National Park celebrated the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House to the public, that hundreds of people also flocked to the Flesk Valley shore to appreciate and enjoy the splendour of the park.

Speaking after the event, Flesk Valley chairman, John Fleming thanked all the Kerry clubs who supported this new event and congratulated all the first-time rowers taking to the water in a competitive event for the first time.
“We were delighted to welcome our neighbouring clubs Workmens’ and Fossa, and look forward to renewing rivalries with them again at the Killarney Regatta at the end of this month,” he said.

“We would also like to thank Mary B. Teahan, Andrew Wharton, Johanna King and the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association for all their support and encouragement, and Denis O’Leary for coordinating safety on the water.”
Flesk Valley would also like to thank the Killarney National Park, Leanes Tool Hire, Hegartys Shop and Muckross Rowing Club for their support.

“This was a great start to the coastal rowing season, and augurs well for the months ahead as clubs build towards the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships to be held in Dingle at the end of August,” added the chairman.

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NPWS announces nature scholarships to mark ‘Muckross 60’

Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of […]




Director General of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Niall O’ Donnchú, this week announced the inaugural ‘Muckross 60’ nature scholarships to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening of Muckross House and Gardens to the public. The scholarships will be funded and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Niall O Donnchú said, “Killarney and Muckross have a very special place in Ireland’s heritage legacy, and  such beautiful gems need constant care, nurturing and indeed protecting by future generations. In supporting these third level scholarships, the NPWS is building the knowledge base of the future to assist those generations in continuing to realise the full beauty and nature value of the very unique Muckross House and Gardens and Killarney National Park.”

Mr O Donnchú added: “Killarney has a long history of scholarship, research and frontier work on nature and that continues to this day in the management of Killarney National Park and Muckross House and Gardens. The endowment of these annual scholarships is a very clear attestation that this crucial work continues to be undertaken across our national park system and especially here in Killarney and Muckross. This work has been pioneering in respect of wildlife and nature research and indeed the reintroduction of endangered species and the discovery, even this year, of more.”

Minister for Education and Kerry T.D. Norma Foley also welcomed new scholarships to mark the 60th anniversary of Muckross House.

“Muckross House is one of the jewels in the crown of Kerry tourism and received almost one million visitors last year. These scholarships will further add to our understanding of this outstanding part of our national heritage,” she said.

Muckross House was built by the Herbert family, who were local landlords. They became very wealthy during the 18th century due to the working of the copper mines on the Muckross Peninsula. They commenced the building of the present Muckross House in 1839. It was completed in 1843 at cost of £30,000, just two years prior to the Great Irish Famine. The Herbert family hosted the visit of Queen Victoria to Muckross House in 1861 but later got into financial difficulties and lost the house in 1897.

It was then bought by Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family. He in turn sold it in 1911 to William Bowers Bourn, a wealthy Californian gold miner. Bowers Bourn gave it to his daughter Maud as a wedding gift when she married Arthur Rose Vincent, an Irish barrister who later became a Senator.

After Maude died from pneumonia in 1929, Arthur Rose Vincent decided to donate Muckross house to the Irish nation as a memorial to his wife. Muckross House was transferred to the state in 1932 with its 11,000 acre estate and became Ireland’s first National Park in 1933.

The park and gardens were opened to the public but the house remained closed until 1964 when it was reopened as a folk museum on June 14, 1964 following a campaign by people in Killarney.

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