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RETIREMENT: Former Killarney Town Engineer Donal Mangan makes a presentation to Patrick 'Patsy' McCarthy who retired this week after nearly 34 years of service in local and County Councils. Picture: Sean Moriarty

 

 
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By Sean Moriarty
 
 
 
 
Current and former work colleagues gathered at the Killarney Municipal depot in Woodlands Industrial Estate to bid farewell to Patrick ‘Patsy’ McCarthy who retired this week after nearly 34 years of service in local and County Councils.
 
The Glenflesk man was a popular member of team since he started in 1986.
 
Over the years he travelled the highways and byways of the county, particularly in the Rathmore area, as part of County Council’s road gangs. In recent years he was employed as a caretaker by the town council.
“There is no doubt about it, we enjoyed our time on the road,” Patsy told the Killarney Advertiser.
 
One of his first jobs for the Council was the construction of the ornate stone wall that runs from opposite the camping and caravan site to the entrance to Hilliard’s Farm on the Muckross Road.
 
When that was completed in late 1986 he was one of the first group of workers to be assigned to the under-construction bypass road.
Former Town Engineer, Donal Mangan, yesterday (Thursday) paid tribute to the work ethic and loyalty.
“He was an exceptional guy, he had a great head and had a solution to every problem,” he said. “And he was a very loyal man to his employers.”
 
Killarney Municipal District officer, Eileen O’Donoghue, praised his high standard of work.
“Patsy was totally dedicated to his work and worked hard throughout his career with the Council. He planned each job with great precision before commencing the job and each job would be completed to a very high standard,” she said.
 
Patsy is going to spend his new found free time with his six grandchildren but he is not finished with the Council just yet. He will dedicate a few hours a week to the upkeep of the new burial ground at Knockeendubh.
 
 
 
 
 
 
RETIREMENT: Former Killarney Town Engineer Donal Mangan makes a presentation to Patrick 'Patsy' McCarthy who retired this week after nearly 34 years of service in local and County Councils. Picture: Sean Moriarty
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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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