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Fire service urge caution for Hallowe’en

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Fire Service is wishing everyone a safe and fun Hallowe'en - but urged caution when it comes to bonfires and candles.

Thousand will mark the year's most scary date on Monday night but with fun comes an element of danger. Local fire officer Martin O’Grady has issued a list of precautions families can take to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. They include the use of battery candles where possible. “If you use a real candle, use with extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit,” he said. “Be sure to place candle-lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, or walkways.” Bonfires are another traditional element to festivities and not having a bonfire is “like not having turkey with your Christmas dinner”, he added. “Don’t attend unsupervised bonfires,” he added. “Stay well back from bonfires as they are unstable and collapse as they burn. Don’t use accelerants to start bonfires such as petrol or diesel.” Trick or treaters should be aware of their surroundings as many costumes are dark or black. “In poorly lit areas be sure to be safe and be seen and use flash lights,” he said. “Happy Hallowe'en from all at Kerry Fire and Rescue Service.”

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There has been a separate warning about fireworks after a wayward fire cracker found its way on to a Killarney Celtic training pitch after being launched from a nearby estate earlier this week.

“Luckily no one was injured,” club vice chair Paul Sherry said.

Be mindful of pets, dogs and cats can get spooked by fireworks.

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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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