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High winds hamper rescue efforts after man falls 150ft on mountain

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High winds hampered a rescue at the weekend after a man fell approximately 150ft in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

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The callout at 2.10pm on Saturday, which involved 27 members of the team, was the sixth in the past fortnight for Kerry Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT), in what has been a busy start to the summer season.

Volunteers with KMRT were contacted by Aeromed after a man sustained multiple injuries having fallen approximately 150ft from the Cummeenpeasta Ridge (Black Valley side) in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

Coastguard helicopter R115 was also tasked to the incident but was unable to winch from the location due to high winds.

A number of team members already out on the Reeks at the time proceeded directly to the scene to treat the casualty. R115 airlifted 12 members of the team and rescue equipment to Lough Googh and a further 10 members made their way on foot from the Black Valley. The casualty was secured to a stretcher on scene and lowered over steep complex terrain to a point above Lough Googh from where an airlift was attempted but proved unsuccessful.

The casualty was then lowered further to a point just above the outlet to Lough Googh from where he was airlifted successfully at approximately 11pm and transferred to University Hospital Kerry (UHK).

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Outstanding performance by Kerry Karate Students in Irish Open

A competitive contingent from Kerry Shotokan Karate School (KSKS) travelled to Waterford on Friday last to compete in the WUKF Irish Open Championship. Ranking fifth in the overall medal tally […]

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A competitive contingent from Kerry Shotokan Karate School (KSKS) travelled to Waterford on Friday last to compete in the WUKF Irish Open Championship.

Ranking fifth in the overall medal tally in the competition, the Kerry competitors from throughout the county made a strong impression at the event returning home with seven Gold Medals, 12 Silver Medals and four Bronze.
Sensei Charles Neri owner of the KSKS said: “I am was very proud of all my students, hard work beats talent if the talent doesn’t work hard.”
Sensei Agatha Neri co-owner of KSKS also thanked the tireless support of all the parents who encourage their children and go above and beyond all for the love of Karate.

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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