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Endangered birds the focus of information evening 

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By Michelle Crean

It'll be an evening with a difference tomorrow (Thursday) as the focus will be on bird box making, storytelling and fun at Killarney Men's Shed.

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Taking place from 7pm to 9.30pm, storyteller Sean O Laoghaire, members of Killarney Men’s Shed, Eleanor Turner, Biosphere Officer for the Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Luke Myers, Project Biodiversity Officer for the Kerry Eco-Social Farming EIP Project will all be in attendance.

The Kerry Eco-Social Farming Project is working with farms throughout Kerry to support and improve nature on the farm. Part of this work is to create and place bird boxes for several important bird species to encourage them to make their homes on farms in Kerry.

Killarney Men's Shed has been working with local communities to build and distribute bird and insect boxes to help protect the birds and pollinators.

The main aim of this event is education about birds, and how the everyday person can help within the Kerry Biosphere – whether that be through habitat management or nest box installation as numbers have been dropping in recent years.

"This year the Kerry Biosphere, with support from Creative Ireland and Kerry County Council Arts Office, is celebrating the 'Birds of the Kerry Biosphere' through a series of events and activities planned to encourage local communities to learn more about the birds that can be found in their gardens, and on their farms and what can be done to help them!" Eleanor Turner, from Kerry Biosphere, said.

All are welcome but booking is required. Tickets are available free of charge, visit www.kerrybiosphere.ie/news for info on booking your place.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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