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By Michelle Crean

It was all about creating awareness of fire safety on Saturday as local firefighters took to the streets to dish out some advice.

With the winter months closing in, members of the Fire Service are keen to help home owners understand the best ways to keep their homes safe.

Two firefighters were present in all towns across the county on the day as part of Fire Safety Week including Martin O'Grady and Anthony Breen of Killarney Fire and Rescue in Killarney town.

"It's important people of all ages understand the dangers of fire, especially coming in to this time of the year," Martin told the Killarney Advertiser.

Some advice he gace out includes: Don’t overload electrical sockets, check smoke alarms once a week, use a spark guard with open fires, and clean your chimney at least once a year.

“In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999. Plan an escape route in the event of a fire. Working smoke alarms save lives.”

And when it comes to bonfires, the advice is to "only attend supervised bonfires".

"Don't start fires with accelerants such as flammable liquids, petrol or diesel."

He added that many incidents can be prevented through education and carrying out good fire safety practice.

"We also carry out a school's programme which will commence shortly after the COVID restrictions are eased further." 

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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