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Discover Killarney’s improved hidden gem

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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.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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