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Charity Night at the Dogs to fight wind turbine plans

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Kerry football star Paul Murphy launched the Sliabh Luachra Wind Aware Group 'Night at the Dogs' which will take place at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in Tralee on Saturday, February 23.
Proceeds from this event will go towards the next stage in a fundraising campaign to pursue a High Court action against the granting of 12 monster wind turbines in the Gneeveguilla and Ballydesmond area.
The first stage of the fundraising campaign was to raise €12,000 in the space of 10 days to engage a legal team.
A GoFundMe page was set up and with huge community support - this was achieved within the time scale.
“These turbines will be higher than the Spire in Dublin and St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney,” Fred O’Sullivan, Chair of the Sliabh Luachra Wind Aware Group, said.
“Some of these turbines will also be less than 500 metres from the homes of local residents and will have a huge effect on health and wellbeing, not to mention decimating the environment.”
Sliabh Luachra is a haven for the Hen Harrier and Pearl Water Mussel as well as one of the most important wintering ground for raptors, he added.
“We fully support pro green energy, but wind turbines should be located responsibly. We are doing this for the future generations.”


Sliabh Luachra Wind Aware would like to thank everyone for their support and to join us on our Night at the Dogs for a fantastic night, he added.

Tickets are €10 each and available from Fred O'Sullivan 0876797474, Shaun O'Rourke 0872116185 and Fiona Fleming 0873896655.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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