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‘Is flooding something we are always going to have to dread?’

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The Switzers' home in Glenflesk which was hit by flooding.

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THE deluge caused by the December storms has resulted in serious flooding in areas across Kerry including Glenflesk, Beaufort and Fossa in the past month. One of the families whose home was flooded was the Switzers in Glenflesk.
Elizabeth and Damien Switzer and their three young sons had to move to the upper floor of their home when the ground floor was completely submerged in water. “Storm Desmond closed in and totally flooded the house – no sandbags could help!” Elizabeth told the Killarney Advertiser.
Neighbours and friends rallied round, even to the extent of delivering sandbags by teleporter. “People were wonderful,” said Elizabeth.
“We’re a happy bunch and we get on with things but going forward we’re just worried if it comes again what help is out there? Is this something we are going to have to dread?”
There have been many calls for action in the wake of flood damage in Kerry. Councillors Danny Healy-Rae and Niall Kelleher have spoken of the need to dredge rivers where flooding occurs.
“It’s a proven method, but there seems to be more concern for our fish than for our people and that is not right,” said Councillor Niall Kelleher.
Ten houses were flooded in Glenflesk on December 5, with flooding occurring in Beaufort and Fossa residences also, and many other homes in these areas and also in Kilcummin under threat of flooding.
A road in Foiladane, Glenflesk, was blocked with residents unable to go to and from their homes for almost two days. “I have fierce sympathy for those people whose Christmases were turned upside down,” said Councillor Danny Healy-Rae.

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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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