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Fighting Fire and the Government – Grady given clearance to run for the election




Martin Grady has been given clearance to run in June’s local elections after winning a court case he took against the Department of Housing and Local Government.

Last month, Grady, a third generation politician, was notified by the Department that he was eligible to run for the upcoming election.

Mr Grady is a retained firefighter with Kerry County Council.

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage stated that local authority employees who earn more than the maximum salary paid to a clerical officer may not contest elections.

The circular stated that if a retained firefighter wishes to be nominated for local elections their total earnings for the previous year will be used to determine eligibility.

Grady argued that the retained firefighter’s salary was not close to that of a clerical officer and that government officials were using additional payments like call-out fees to determine his total wage. He said this was unfair as there is no certainty how many times he may or may not be called out any given year.

He took his stance to the district court on Thursday morning where a judge overruled the department’s original stance.

“When I was informed of the circular and statutory instrument after going through it in detail I felt it was unjust to target any public sector employee and take away my democratic right to run for election,” Mr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

Mr Grady went through the circular and Statutory Instruments with his solicitor Dan O’ Connor and Barrister Liz Murphy and made the decision to go ahead and fight this matter through the courts.

With less than 24 hours to the court date in Killarney, an updated circular was issued from the Department of Housing and Local Government, where the wording  changed and allowed him to run in the upcoming local elections.

“I’m glad these changes were made however it shouldn’t have taken this to make those changes, Darragh O Brien is the Minister for Housing and Local Government, clearly his focus and priorities weren’t where I feel they should have been on delivering houses and serving the people, where he has the luxury of a full time fire service in Dublin,” added Grady.

“I can assure the people of Killarney Municipal District my focus and priorities will be in the right place, whatever their needs are I’ll be hardworking making sure Killarney is a place for the present and our future generations. I’d like to thank everyone for their support and good wishes.”



Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]




This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:-

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]




BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.


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