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By Sean Moriarty

Liverpool Football Club fans brought traffic in Killarney to a standstill on Wednesday evening as they celebrated their side’s victory in the English Premiership.

The Reds secured their first Premier League title as well as their first English League title in 30 years last month following an extremely impressive season.

The team was awarded the Premier League trophy in a ceremony following their last home of the season against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

[caption id="attachment_32994" align="alignleft" width="255"] REPLICA: Joe Mccarthy and parade organiser Tim Doona with the 'Cup'. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_32993" align="alignleft" width="221"] CHAMPIONS: Liverpool Football Club fans celebrate with a parade through the town on Wednesday evening. Photo: Sean Moriarty[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before the final game close on 50 Liverpool fans gathered at St Oliver’s National School ahead of a parade of Liverpool Football Club liveried cars through the streets of Killarney.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for local Reds fans – known as 'Reds Forever Together (Killarney)'. It is the first time that the Merseysiders lifted the Premier trophy and is 30 years since they won the English Division One League, the previous name for England’s biggest football championship.

However, current COVID-19 restrictions meant the local fans were unable to gather in a pub and watch their team defeat Chelsea Football Club in the final home game of the season.

Straight after Wednesday’s game the League Cup was presented to the Liverpool squad but the local fans had celebrated at home.

Wednesday’s parade through the town added plenty of colour and atmosphere – the local fans even had a replica Premiership Trophy - which they proudly held aloft as they drove along, horns blaring.

“It was some buzz around the town on Wednesday evening,” club member Joe McCarthy told the Killarney Advertiser. “But everyone had to go their own way after the parade. I celebrated at home. I felt it was very harsh on the players to receive the trophy without any fans in the stadium to see it. It was still a great night.”

 

[caption id="attachment_32995" align="alignleft" width="1024"] RED SEA: Terri McClellan, Adam Murphy, Sandra Patten, Oisin McCarthy, John Heery, Anthony Heery, Keelan Looney and Kevin Hickey. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_32992" align="alignleft" width="1024"] RAISE IT UP: Tim Doona, Mike McSweeny, Liam O’Sullivan, Oisin McCarthy, Keelan Looney, Kieran McCarthy and Timmy Looney. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy[/caption]

 

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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