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Council worker retires after 34 years service

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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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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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