IMPROVED AREA: Members of the Killarney National Park Liaison Committee say lots of work has been done at the Blue Pool Wood and it's looking great. Pictured were: Patricia Hanley (Chair), Liam Kelly and Corry O'Flaherty (Lough Lein Anglers). Photo: Michelle Crean
By Michelle Crean
Tremendous clearing work by dedicated volunteers has unveiled one of Killarney’s hidden gems – which had fallen into a state of disrepair.
For weeks Killarney Mountain Meitheal volunteers have been actively bringing the Blue Pool Wood beauty spot back to its former glory, and now members of the Killarney National Park Liaison Committee (KNPLC) are inviting the public to come along and once again enjoy its natural surroundings.
In the past few months there had been complaints about the sad state of the Blue Pool and Cloughereen walks as they had become dense with overgrowth, ropes needed to be repaired and braille bollards for the visually impaired section of the walk had to be removed.
However, members of KNPLC, who are made up of 21 local groups including community groups, conservationists, jarveys, recreation groups and others working alongside the National Parks and Wildlife Service, say although there’s plenty of more work to be done – locals can now once again come out and enjoy the area.
“It’s a hidden gem, few people know about it,” Patricia Hanley, Chair of KNPLC, told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“It’s is underutilised because it had fallen into disrepair.”
However, there’s more work to do including erecting new signage and putting up new bollards with braille for the visually impaired, she added.
“The 21 groups meet monthly and there’s a plan for the national park that we’re working on to bring it back to its former glory for the community to enjoy.”
Killarney Mountain Meitheal volunteers will be out again clearing more sections of the Blue Pool area this Sunday at 9am and Tuesday at 9.30am. All are welcome to come and give an extra hand.
Also, on Tuesday night, Muckross Community Association will hold a public meeting in the community centre at 8pm to hear what the residents have to say about their area. All are invited to attend.
Relegation battle has town divided
By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]
By Sean Moriarty
This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.
After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.
In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.
Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.
Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.
“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”
Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.
“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”
Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.
The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.
Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.
Handball off the wall in Killarney
By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]
By Con Dennehy
The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.
On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.
“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.
Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.
Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.
One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.
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