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“Crazy amount” of litter discarded in National Park

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MOUNTAIN RUNNER: Joe O’Leary is growing increasingly annoyed at the amount of litter left by locals in the National Park. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known local mountain runner Joe O’Leary has expressed his concern at the growing amount of litter in Killarney National Park. The elite mountain runner is best-known for his long distance international events, including finishing in the 2019 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a 160km race that crosses the French, Italian and Swiss Alps after 28 hours of non-stop running.

Current travel restrictions have put a stop to his international events and once the 5km restriction was lifted on Monday he returned to areas of the National Park that he had not seen in months but said he was left “disgusted” at the “crazy amount’ of litter that has been discarded by irresponsible walkers.

He is blaming locals as tourists are unlikely to be in the Park during current restrictions.

“You don’t see this anywhere else, you don’t see it in England or France,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

The Ardaneanig man says he picks up litter when he can and even on Monday, when the 5km restriction was lifted, he ran 3kms out of his way to return to a pile of discarded coffee cups.

“It messed up my run, it really annoyed me,” he added. “I picked it up, but it is the wrong message. The people that do this, when they return a few days later they see it’s gone and that only encourages them to drop it again.”

Joe has highlighted another issue on the popular Moll’s Gap cycling route.

“There is a section along the Moll’s Gap road, if you time how long it takes to drink a cup of coffee, right at that point you will find several empty coffee cups thrown there. I can’t understand why disposable cups are even being sold near the National Park, and it is adults and not children doing this – children don’t drink coffee.”

He says the further up the mountain he goes the less chance there is of finding litter.

“Those that are into the mountains respect them and they don’t leave any trace,” he said. “But in the National Park, it is the once a week walkers, and they are locals, we don’t have visitors now, that are doing this. It cracks me up, it really annoys me.”

DUMPING: Illegal dumping and littering in Mangerton this week.

Meanwhile Cllr Donal Grady has also condemned the recent increase in the dumping of household waste in the Killarney area.

Earlier his week, while on a daily walk near Mangerton he discovered bags of household rubbish dumped in a secluded area near the beauty spot.

“It certainly is locals doing this,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is time to start naming and shaming people. We are not strict enough and the fines need to be bigger.”

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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