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Council activates Severe Weather Emergency Plan

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Kerry County Council has initiated its Severe Weather Emergency Plan and is fully engaged in preparing for Storm Barra given the potential for fallen trees, power outages, damage to property and coastal flooding across the county tomorrow (Tuesday) and into Wednesday.

The Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team, including representatives from Kerry County Council, An Garda Síochána, the HSE, Kerry Fire Service and Kerry Civil Defence is meeting to coordinate the response.

Members of the public are advised to remain indoors and to avoid travel for the duration of the weather warning between 6am and 9pm on Tuesday

Kerry County Council also advises the following:

* Items of property which are vulnerable to high winds, such as bins, trampolines, Christmas decorations and lights, and hoarding/fencing or similar items, should be secured and stored away.

*Tents/marquees and any other temporary outdoor structures should be secured or stored away.

* Because of the likelihood of power outages, householders are urged to charge mobile phones and torches and to check in with elderly or vulnerable neighbours today to ensure they are prepared for the storm.

* Sandbags are being deployed to areas where there may be a known flooding impact in line with established procedures and with the assistance of the Kerry Civil Defence.

Public offices and libraries as well as public parks and amenities will be closed to public access tomorrow (Tuesday). Kerry County Council can be contacted in the normal way (for non-weather matters) on 066 7183500 and info@kerrycoco.ie.

Kerry County Council will operate an emergency phoneline for the duration of Storm Barra to which issues can be reported to the local authority. The contact number is 066 7183588. Crews will respond to issues which arise when it is safe to do so.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

The Council will provide updates through the local radio and media and on its website and social media channels.

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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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