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Deer rut drama to take centre stage in Killarney National Park

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A stag from a native red deer herd. PICTURE: PETER O'TOOLE

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THE red deer breeding season, known as the rut, has become a real spectator sport in recent years, stopping photographers and walkers alike in their tracks.

Kerry’s red deer are our last native deer and have continuously existed in the county for over 5,000 years.

This Sunday, October 9, at 9am, the Wild Deer Association of Ireland, supported by the National Parks & Wildlife Service, will host a red deer rut watch in Killarney National Park.

“Killarney offers a unique opportunity to observe these amazing wild animals at close quarters,” said Damien Hannigan from the Wild Deer Association of Ireland.
Damien along with conservation rangers will accompany those attending. “We will be on hand to answer all your queries,” said Damien. “There will also be a talk on the parks famous red deer and a display of antlers.”

Following the rut watch, there will be an opportunity for a small group to visit an area of the park to observe the impact deer have on the natural regeneration of the parks woodlands.

“The location is suitable for all ages and fitness levels with families welcome,” added Damien. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis email wilddeerireland@gmail.com to book your place. The event is free of charge and open to Wild Deer Association of Ireland members and their families only.

Go to www.wilddeerireland.com to apply to become a member.
 


 
Above: A stag from a native red deer herd. PICTURE: PETER O'TOOLE

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Dan Tim to drive sheep over London bridge

London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday. Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry. He employs over one thousand […]

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London-based South Kerry man, Dan Tim O’Sullivan, will exercise his rights as a Freeman of the city by herding sheep over a London bridge on Sunday.

Mr O’Sullivan from Kells, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019, in recognition for his work in the construction industry.

He employs over one thousand people through his labour hire firm ‘Danny Sullivan and Sons’, and has employed countless Kerry people, many of them from his native South Kerry, since its foundation in the mid-1980s.

The Freedom of the City of London allows the bearer to herd one hundred sheep over the landmark Tower Bridge.

However, logistical issues and traffic management plans mean the number of sheep has been reduced to less than 10 and the event will now take place over nearby Southwark Bridge.

London-based news channels, including the BBC, are expected to cover the event while hundreds of his family and friends from South Kerry will be in London to witness the unique event.

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BIG CELEBRATION

Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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