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Dead horse leaves residents desperate

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“I am writing this email to you and concealing who I am for my safety and the safety of the concerned residents of Pinewood Estate, so please don’t disclose or reach out to find out who I am but just know that what I am about to share is 100% true and an ongoing issue within the estate.”

These were the opening lines of a distressing anonymous email received by the Killarney Advertiser late on Tuesday evening. It followed an incident on Monday where a horse was left to die on the front green of the Killarney Housing Estate. What followed was a detailed account of a series of allegations of animal neglect by one person. 

To substantiate the claims, the Killarney Advertiser met with the sender of that email, along with another resident who provided us with details of the incident including photos. Due to the distressing nature of the photos we have decided not to publish them. 

“The guards were called on Monday after one of this man’s horses was seen lying on the green in the middle of the estate, unable to get up. The guards were called to the scene, but they left again for a time. They waited for two hours for someone to come pick up the horse, but unfortunately, the horse took its last breath. Children had to see of all this happening as it is in the public area of the estate,” said the upset resident. One of the residents explained this was not the first incident and that residents have been reporting animal welfare issues to both animal welfare groups and the Gardai.

“All of these issues relate to the same man. I rescued a dog on Friday the 15th of September 2023. The days leading up to the rescue, the same man that owned the horse was keeping two dogs in a horse box in terrible conditions. I was walking home one day when I came across a very sick puppy coming out of the horse box which was open. It followed me and went into my neighbour’s house. I got a number for an animal rescue online and they told me to bring the dog to the local veterinary clinic which I did with the help of another resident. I then rang the guards to make a complaint, explaining that I had rescued one puppy, but I was afraid there could be more dogs in the horse box still or around the area. They went out to investigate, but I am not sure what they found.”

The Advertiser contacted the Killarney Garda station this week. We spoke with Garda Ken O’ Sullivan who said they responded to a call about the horse in Pinewood Estate. They are now liaising with Kerry County Council on the matter. 

The Advertiser asked the Garda Press office if they were aware of any other complaints regarding cruelty to animals on the estate. At time of publication, we were awaiting a reply.

A spokesperson for Kerry County Council said, “Kerry County Council is in receipt of complaints and is liaising with the relevant authorities”.

The residents said that they have also reached out to Cllr. Martin Grady who has been working in the background to deal with some of the issues raised and speaking to the Killarney Advertiser this week he commented:

“I have been made aware of a number of incidents in the Pinewood estate relating to anti-social behaviour and animal cruelty. It is very sad to see these proud Pinewood residents suffering because of the trouble caused by one or two. Shame on anyone who treats humans or helpless animals this way. It was heart-breaking to see a malnourished horse not able to stand up without being assisted.”

The two concerned residents we spoke with this week said that they are at their wits end with the 'carry-on'. They hope that highlighting the issues with the authorities and this publication that action will be taken. 

“We take great pride in where we live and it’s just upsetting to see one individual doing this, we hope that by highlighting the issue the relevant bodies can step in and support the community who are afraid to approach this man themselves”.

If you suspect animal cruelty close to where you live please call KSPCA on 066 7128588 or the ISPCA national helpline on 0818 515 515

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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