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MS South Kerry launch '100k in May' fundraiser

By Michelle Crean

COVID restrictions meant a tough few years for a lot of charities but with fundraising back to in-person events one in particular is seeking your support.

For a second year running the MS South Kerry branch is holding its '100k in May' to help raise funds for local services for members suffering from the condition.

"Last year's donations kept us going for the second half of 2021, we raised nearly €8,000," Jillian Jones from the MS South Kerry branch, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It came to life from a conversation with Éilís Flemming, a supporter of the branch. COVID is still causing charities to suffer across the country and this is the year we feel the branch will be really affected as our current finances only allow us to plan for the first six months of 2022."

During the pandemic members were able to keep active as physio and exercise classes were transferred online with a 400% increase in attendance.

"We will continue to do this as the response has been great as we can't open our centre due to the limited spaces and cost of rent, which fortunately we haven't had to pay since the start of COVID. We now have seven therapists working for the branch across South Kerry based in Cahersiveen, Cromane, Killarney and Kenmare. Fortunately due to some of the needs of our members they are receiving house calls."

In the early '70s MS Kerry was set up, then in 1978-79 it divided into three branches; MS South Kerry, MS Tralee, and the MS Society Listowel/North Kerry.

"In the South Kerry branch we have about one hundred plus members, a variety of ages from mid-20s to 80.
There are more in the area but have not reached out yet. The members greatly miss meeting up. These group meetings are valuable as it's hard to talk to family and friends as the same level of understanding is not there."

In recent weeks the branch has been able to start their church gate collections again but they are significantly down on 2019, she added.

"We are struggling to have enough collectors for the church gates and other planned fundraisers. If anybody is able for forthcoming events please contact us mssouthkerry@gmail.com. We are hoping to have the Busking August Bank Holiday and the Old Kenmare Walk in October."

To support the branch go to GoFundMe: '100k-in-may-2022' and make a donation.

For those who may need support the Community Welfare Officer is Siobhan Lynch based in Killarney.

You can also contact the MS Society, Southern Regional Office, North Quay House, Pope’s Quay, Cork
Phone 021 4300001, email: southern@ms-society.ie or ring the MS Information Line on 1850 233 233.

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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Public invited to inaugural ‘Call of the Wild’ events

By Michelle Crean   It’s not often members of the public get a safe close up look at the native Red deer – but soon they can with two days of events […]

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It’s not often members of the public get a safe close up look at the native Red deer – but soon they can with two days of events at Killarney National Park. 

This year marks the inaugural ‘Call of the Wild’ autumn gathering – the highlight of the Killarney National Park nature calendar – and it takes place on Saturday and Sunday October 15 and 16.

The programme will be presented by the Conservation Rangers of National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), led by Danny O’Keeffe, District Conservation Officer.

Killarney National Park was the first National Park in Ireland, it encompasses 10,000 hectares of diverse ecology, ancient oak and yew woodlands – the most extensive covering of native forest of international importance, the famous Lakes of Killarney, the monastic 6th century Innisfallen Island, Muckross House and Killarney House and Gardens. There the renowned native Irish Red deer – the largest and only native species with a continuous presence in Ireland since the end of the last Ice Age (c.10,000 BC) – live.

Paudie O’Leary was the Head Conservation Ranger at Killarney National Park, and sadly passed away unexpectedly in August 2012. This year to honour Paudie’s memory, Divisional Manager Killarney National Park, Eamonn Meskell, will deliver the inaugural Paudie O’Leary lecture at Killarney House Auditorium on Saturday October 15 at 3pm.

Other events include Autumn Dawn Watch, Photographic Workshops, Children’s Autumn Watch with Killarney National Park Education Centre based at Knockreer House, Autumn Night Watch, and an informal discussion of the work of NPWS Conservation Rangers chaired by Chief Executive Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell.

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Saturday October 15

7.30am: Autumn Dawn Watch Gathering takes place. National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) local Conservation Rangers meet at Knockreer Gates (opposite St Mary’s Cathedral) walking tour observing native Irish deer, flora and fauna during the autumn season.

Early morning self guide photographic opportunities within Killarney Demesne – observing and photographing the annual rutting season from a safe distance on designated paths.

10am: Autumn Photographic Workshop with photographer Micheál O’Sullivan at Ross Castle. For bookings: info@killarneyphototours.ie/mobile 087 6290556.

10am – 2pm: Children Autumn Watch: Killarney National Park Education Centre, Knockreer House, Scavenger hunts, beginners bushcraft, nature games and a look at the mammals of Killarney National Park.
3pm: The inaugural Paudie O’Leary lecture: Killarney House and Gardens Auditorium delivered by Divisional Manager NPWS Killarney National Park: Eamonn Meskell: Bookings: Reception 01 539 3620.
7.30pm: Autumn Night Watch: Killarney National Park (NPWS) Conservation Rangers to meet at Knockreer gates (opposite St Mary’s Cathedral) bring a head torch/suitable clothing.

Sunday October 16

7.30am: Autumn Dawn Watch Gathering: National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) local Conservation Rangers. Meeting at Knockreer Gates (opposite St Mary’s Cathedral) – walking tour observing native Irish deer, flora and fauna during the autumn season.

Early morning self guide photographic opportunities within Killarney Demesne – observing and photographing the annual rutting season from a safe distance on designated paths.

10am: Autumn Photographic Workshop with photographer Micheál O’Sullivan meet at Ross Castle. Bookings: info@killarneyphototours.ie/mobile 087 6290556.

2pm: Autumn Watch Scattering: Muckross School House: informal discussion with NPWS Conservation Rangers on their work in Killarney National Park – chaired by Chief Executive Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell.

For further information and updates: www.facebook.com/killarneynationalpark.

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