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Gardai seize drugs during ‘Day of Action’

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Gardaí carried out a ‘Day of Action’ in Kenmare town on Friday (February 28) and seized €4,325 of suspected drugs.

Seven houses were searched in the town by Kerry Divisional Drug Unit with the assistance of uniform Gardaí from Kenmare, Kerry Roads Policing Unit, and Southern Region Dog Unit as part of Operation Thor.
Cannabis plants worth €3,200, €955 of cannabis herb and €170 of cocaine, mushrooms and MDMA were seized and will now be sent for analysis. No arrests were made but Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry.

Four checkpoints were also carried out during the course of the day where Gardaí spoke to motorists about road safety and emphasised the need to make sure their vehicles are road worthy.

Gardaí and Garda dog "Buddy” visited Kenmare Secondary School, Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine and spoke to Transition Year students about the role of the dog unit and then gave a presentation on drugs and the impact they can have.

A crime prevention stand was held at SuperValu, Kenmare where Gardaí gave out crime prevention advice on personal safety and how to keep your home more secure. The roads policing unit also demonstrated their drink and drugs testing kits.

"The focus of the operation was to gather intelligence and disrupt people believed to involved in the sale and supply of drugs in Kenmare,” Superintendent Flor Murphy of Killarney Garda Station, said.
“This operation reflects the commitment of An Garda Síochána to protect the communities in Kenmare from the illegal drugs trade.

"Community engagement was another main focus of the operation - it is at the core of what we do. School visits, checkpoints and crime prevention stands allows us to build on the strong relationships that we have with people in our towns and villages.”

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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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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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