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Dedicated fire helicopter for National Park

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By Sean Moriarty

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will have better access to fire-fighting helicopters in the future to help deter any potential fires.

This follows an investigation into the April 2021 fires that destroyed thousands of acres of scrubland and natural habitat in the National Park.

The three-day fire was eventually brought under control by five helicopters, three of which were operated by the Air Corps and two were privately owned.

One of the key findings of the investigation was the delay in getting the helicopters to the scene.

At a recent Kerry County Council meeting Killarney-based politician Patrick Connor Scarteen asked: “What extra measures have been put in place to protect our National Pak in Killarney from fire?”

A Kerry County Fire Service official told the meeting that it had introduced new initiatives including extra ground patrol, static and mobile surveillance equipment.

“Specialist thermal surveillance equipment has been provided to the NPWS rangers and staff along with the retention by NPWS of a ‘first call’ helicopter [with] air fire-fighting capability to fight any fires immediately on detection and the deployment of extensive aerial surveillance in the National Park this year with NPWS staff undertaking surveillance in helicopters and also surveillance by drones, on a regular and ongoing basis over the last months – especially at times of higher fire risk.”

Kerry County Council said its staff sought advice from rangers from the Glacier Mountain National Park in Montana, USA.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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