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County Clean Up returns after two year absence

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One of the biggest mobilisations of volunteers in the county will take place next month as the annual County Clean Up returns after a two-year absence.

The 10th annual County Clean Up will take place on Saturday, April 2 and a call is going out to individuals and communities to take part and help to make the county spick and span and to give Kerry a fresh look in time for summer.

The County Clean-Up takes place with the support of KWD Recycling and Kerry County Council. Last year, because of the pandemic, a slightly different format was used to ensure public safety and 30 tonnes of rubbish were collected along Kerry roads by over 3,400 volunteers.

The usual format returns this year with thousands of people expected to take part in the event.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney urged community and voluntary groups to participate and to register now at www.countycleanup.com

"We are asking for local resident’s associations, schools, youth groups, sporting groups, businesses, families or simply a few friends to get together and gather litter along the major routes and the local country roads throughout Kerry," Cllr Moloney said.

Environmental Awareness Officer at Kerry County Council, Breda Moriarty added that "it is a fantastic community-led event and a credit to all the communities and individuals who get involved in the campaign".

"To be in its 10th year and going from strength to strength is evidence that communities really care about keeping Kerry clean and keeping our roads litter free."

Noel O’Reilly from KWD said that "KWD Recycling is proud to be involved in the County Clean Up. "It is a very important day which has made a huge difference visually on the roads of Kerry and west Cork.”

Register your group with KWD to arrange your County Clean Up pack and collection point for your bags.
Volunteers can register at www.countycleanup.com or email countycleanup@kwd.ie.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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