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Horses checked for Lyme Disease but still no warning signs in National Park

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HEALTH CHECK: Dr Sinead Devine from University College Dublin's Animal Chiropractic Clinic taking blood samples from Killarney Jaunting Cars team of horses as a precaution against Lyme's Disease.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Killarney Jaunting Cars has taken the unusual step of testing its 40-strong team of horses for Lyme Disease due to their exposure to ticks in the National Park.

There have been repeated calls for Lyme Disease information signs to be placed in the National Park with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Killarney Municipal District at constant loggerheads over who is responsible for placing the signs in the park.

Lyme disease is an infection that is transmitted by a bite from an infected tick.

The issue is particularly relevant to Killarney National Park as deer are considered prime carriers of infected ticks.

The infection is generally mild, affecting only the skin, but can sometimes be more severe, leading to more serious illness and even death.

At the most recent KMD meeting Mayor Brendan Cronin called for an update on the provision of signs warning of the dangers of Lyme Disease at the entrances to the park.

Internal signs are the responsibility of the NPWS and apart from signs placed at some entrances by the Council there has been no further action on signage within the park's boundaries.

This week, Killarney Jaunting Cars was visited by experts from University College Dublin's Animal Chiropractic Clinic who examined their horses to make sure they were not carrying ticks as a precautionary measure and as part of the horses' annual health checks.

Results of the blood tests taken by the experts, and sent to the USA for examination, will be known in about three weeks time.

While there is no risk of cross-contamination between the horses and humans it could lead to muscle problems with the animals.

“We are a fifth generation jarvey family and we never done anything like this before,” Michael Tangney of Killarney Jaunting Cars told the Killarney Advertiser. “It looks like it could become part of the annual health check for the horses in the same way way we check their teeth every year.”

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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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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 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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