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EXHIBITION: Former Conservation Ranger Peter O'Toole will hold his first photo exhibition 'Killarney National Park - A Ranger's View' tomorrow (Saturday) evening in Killarney House and Gardens. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

With thousands of photos showing Killarney National Park’s natural beauty – it was hard to whittle it down to 27 for a unique exhibition taking place tomorrow evening (Saturday).

Former Conservation Ranger Peter O'Toole, who recently retired after 40 years, will hold his first ever photo exhibition 'Killarney National Park - A Ranger's View' in Killarney House and Gardens.

Over the years Peter has explored and photographed every inch of the Park and now brings his stunning large printed images to life for the public to view.

From his dearly beloved dog Oscar, who accompanied him on all his photographic outings, to Muckross House in the snow and during sunset, Innisfallen, Ross Castle and Ross Island, Yew Woodland on Muckross Peninsula, the upper and lower lakes, O’Sullivan’s Cascade, Cloughfane, Dundag Boathouse and Torc Mountain, Peter has captured it all in beautiful detail.

And although the exhibition, hosted by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, opens at 7pm by Minister Brendan Griffin, it will remain on display for some time to come.

“Initially I put forward a large number of images and it was painstaking picking 20 so we boiled it down to 27,” Peter told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve covered every inch of the Park. Since I took up photography I never took any photos outside of the Park and I don’t intend to either.”

He added that he could photograph different parts of the Park over and over again and each time it would look different.

“I mostly go on my own, it’s that sense of tranquillity and you don’t know what’s going to come. I’m looking forward to the next 20 years of clicking the camera. It’s like a new adventure every time.”

 

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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