CANDIDATE: Peter O’Toole, who retired as a National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Park Ranger in 2019, has been put forward to lead a proposed voluntary conservation corps within Killarney National Park. Photo: Michelle Crean
Retired National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Park Ranger Peter O’Toole has been put forward as the ideal candidate to lead a proposed voluntary conservation corps within Killarney National Park.
The proposal was announced to Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce members during special online meetings earlier this week.
Chamber members were told that a proposal to establish a voluntary conservation to work on key projects in Killarney National Park is being considered by the NPWS in association with key local stakeholders.
The idea was suggested by the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, during one online meeting.
A follow-up online meeting also involved the Mayor of Killarney Cllr Brendan Cronin, Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Niall Ó Donnchú and Regional Manager with the NPWS Seamus Hassett.
That meeting heard the framework for the proposal was already in place through the well-established Killarney Mountain Meitheal Group and Chamber President, Niall Kelleher said a conservation corps would generate even greater enthusiasm and community involvement.
“Our National Park, given its importance environmentally, socially and in terms of the tourism business it generates, is the economic lifeblood of our town and county and its role cannot be understated,” Mr Kelleher said.
He said having Peter O’Toole, a retired and vastly experienced NPWS park ranger, as leader of the meitheal was a great asset.
“He is the ideal candidate to steer the group in the right direction,” the Chamber President added.
Mr Kelleher called on the reactivation of a works programme for the meitheal as soon as reasonably possible and the meeting heard there is a great crew of volunteers willing and anxious to get moving on projects within the park.
Meitheal Coordinator, Peter O’Toole, said if the group can assist with fire patrols, which is a big problem for the National Park and special areas of conservation, those involved would be more than happy to help.
“Reactivating the Meitheal would also greatly help individuals to cope with the current difficult period and the impact COVID-19 is having on personal well-being,” he said.
The online meeting heard that the Killarney community is looking forward to the publication of the Government’s new five-year biodiversity action plan and to determining how the town and its people can contribute to its implementation.
Kathleen honoured as new boat is launched
It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter. Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in […]
It was a very special and momentous day for Muckross Rowing Club on Sunday – as not only did they launch a new boat – but did so to honour a life-long supporter.
Members and supporters gathered at the club’s boathouse as the club’s newest racing boat, a Janousek coxed four, was officially launched in honour of Kathleen Murphy. The event was made all the more special as it had been so long awaited by the club. While the boat was purchased prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a launch event at the club was not possible until the recent easing of public health restrictions.
Among the crowd gathered were members of the extended Murphy and Kenny families as well as many of Kathleen’s neighbours and friends from Mangerton Road and beyond.
Kathleen (nee Kenny) was born and raised in Muckross and has enjoyed close family ties with the rowing club from childhood to the present day. The Kennys of Muckross and their extended family have long played a central role in the club extending to over a century, reflected in the names of boats named and launched before in honour of other family members including Micheal Kenny and Jack O’Shea. Kathleen has long been among the most prominent and recognised club’s supporters at the annual Killarney Regatta, proudly sporting the club’s yellow colours while cheering on crews at all levels from Juvenile to Senior and Veteran. Together with her late husband Jerry, Kathleen has also played a central role in fundraising for the club with countless tickets sold weekly for the local Muckross Lottery since its launch in early 1990s. Both Kathleen and Jerry were previously recognised for their contribution to the club and both named as Vice Presidents. Kathleen and Jerry’s children and grandchildren continue the family tradition both on the lake and onshore, contributing to the club’s success and development as active rowers, coaches and committee members.
Presiding over the launch was Club Chairman Sean Daly and the blessing of the boat was carried out by Fr Kieran O’Brien.
The club was also delighted to welcome Emer Corridan, General Manager of the Cahernane House Hotel – whose sponsorship of the club supported the boat’s purchase.
The ceremonial popping of the champagne cork was carried out by Kathleen’s granddaughter Áine, and after a sprinkling of the bow, the boat was formally launched on the water by five of Kathleen’s grandchildren – Áine and Shona O’Sullivan, Daniel, Jack and Katie Murphy. The special launch event was an emotional day for the family and club with many memories of Kathleen’s late husband Jerry, whose anniversary was recently observed, in addition to family members gone before. Speaking on behalf of Kathleen, her son Kieran spoke of the great honour for Kathleen and her family to have one of the club’s racing boats named in her honour. Kieran expressed the family’s gratitude to the club, its committee and Chairman Sean Daly, President Maurice Coffey and Vice Presidents and to all the members, supporters and friends in attendance. The ceremonial proceedings were followed by refreshments outside the club’s new boathouse.
Stylish Miriam wows at the races
When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week. Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was […]
When it comes to the style stakes, one local lady proved she’s got it after winning the female Most Stylish Racegoer this week.
Miriam Prendergast from Killarney was selected by fashion blogger and judge Emily O’Donoghue aka @fashionablyfortyish on Sunday, the opening day of the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.
Benny O’Keeffe from County Meath was also selected for his style and both winners each received a €400 cash prize, sponsored by McElligotts Tralee and Honda Ireland.
Miriam wore a black bustier wide legged jumpsuit with belt, styled with a very feminine one sleeve off white blouse with ruched details. She both designed and made the outfit herself and paired it with a headpiece she borrowed from a friend who got it in MacBees Killarney. She finished her look with a pretty vintage bag.
Benny wore a sky blue suit he purchased in Burtons, paired with a merl grey waistcoat, set off with a soft pink shirt cleverly coordinated with a pink and grey check tie. He purchased his very dapper hat in the Ukraine.
The runners-up in the ladies category each received a generous hamper from McElligotts Tralee with special thanks to McGuires Pharmacy Listowel. The runners-up in the gents category received tickets to the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday race meeting in Listowel in 2022.
Of course, there is more to come in the style stakes with one of Ireland’s most prestigious best dressed events – the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day – making a most welcome return this year to the racecourse today (Friday), judged by style icon Celia Holman Lee, it has an overall cash prize fund of €1,000 and the winner will also receive the most amazing beauty hamper sponsored by McGuire’s Pharmacy.
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