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Frustrated residents say lives are still at risk

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Wild deer roaming roads in the Killarney hinterland has reached crisis point according to a group of concerned residents from the Ballydowney and Fossa areas.

 

The group - some of whom have lost family members in fatal accidents involving deer - have being campaigning for over a year now but are growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of action by the National Parks and Wildlife Services.

 

Up to 10 residents called on elected members to engage with the NPWS in an effort to solve the on-going issues at Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District meeting.

 

 

Gillian Hughes, whose sister Paula died as a result of a collision with wandering deer in 2006, led the deputation.

 

“It is too late for us, we have already lost loved ones but it is only a matter of time before there is another fatal accident,” she told the meeting.

 

The group say that fencing, vegetation clearance and electronic signs will all help prevent further accidents and deaths.

 

“What is the cost? What is the cost of another human life,” she said.

 

They believe that incorrect statistics are one of the problems. Official Road Safety Authority figures say that last year there were 99 cases of collisions involving animals in Kerry and only five of these were deer related.

 

Sergeant Michael Murphy of Caherciveen Garda Station, who is also a local resident, told the meeting that last year there were 23 cases of deer related incidents in the Killarney area compared to 10 in 2016. He said that the Ballydowney to Fossa and the Muckross to Ladies View areas were the worst affected in the locality.

 

By comparison there were four in Kenmare and one each in Glenbeigh and Caherciveen.

 

Local councillor Brendan Cronin who introduced the deputation to the meeting said that there’s a chronic problem with deer on the road.

 

“The volume of incidents not reported would fill this room five times over,” he said.

“The NPWS must take responsibility for what they own. Deer are beautiful animals but they are not very pretty coming through the windscreen.”

 

Killarney town engineer John Ahern said there are plans to do road realignment and footpath works in the Fossa area, but they are not progressing as fast as he would like.

 

However, he told the meeting that he would look at the provision of electronic signs as a matter of urgency.

 

“A recent meeting with the NPWS, they told me they have carried out a culling programme but I am not qualified enough to say if this is good enough or not,” said Mr Ahern. “This stretch of road is part of an overall scheme, a scheme not happening as fast as we like, but I give a commitment to advance the signage.”

 

The deputation also asked the Council to set up an urgent meeting with the NPWS service.  The Council acknowledge that there is an issue with land ownership in the area, some of the roadside property is owned by the NPWS and some of it is owned by Fáilte Ireland.

 

It is understood that the NPWS do not want to put a fence around the National Park, as anything that would prevent deer from escaping would also prevent access for members of the public.

 

“Deer are rampant,” Mayor Michael Gleeson said. “The NPWS say that if a fence was in place and deer got out, they would not be able to get back in.”

 

Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, like all his elected colleagues, supported the deputation.

 

“This is the most important issue in Killarney,” he said. “There is an infra-red system that I have seen in America. The breaker is at a certain height so it won’t be triggered by a hedgehog or a rabbit.”

 

 

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Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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