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Kerry’s newest mayor says it’s the “greatest honour” of his life



By Michelle Crean

Kerry's newest Cathaoirleach, elected unanimously in County Buildings today (Monday), said it's "the greatest honour of my life".

Fianna Fáil's Cllr John Francis Flynn from from Upper Tullig, Killorglin was proposed by Cllr Norma Moriarty (Fianna Fáil) and seconded by Cllr Michael O'Shea (Fianna Fáil). Age 31, he is one of the youngest to hold the position of Mayor of Kerry in the county.

He replaces outgoing mayor Cllr Jimmy Moloney (Fianna Fáil) who finished up his year long term as the county's First Citizen.

Fine Gael councillor, Bobby O’Connell, who represents the Castleisland-Corca Dhuibne Municipal District, was elected Leas-Cathaoirleach/Deputy Mayor of the Council.

Mayor Flynn represents the Kenmare Municipal District and is the 67th person to hold the position of chairperson of the Council. He has been a member of Kerry County Council since 2014.

"This is a great honour for me, my family and friends, and hometown of Killorglin," Mayor Flynn, whose family have roots in Rockfield Killarney, said.

Paying tribute to Cllr Moloney from Listowel, he said that he "will be a hard act to follow".

Priorities for the new mayor's term include housing, health and well-being, accommodation for third level students especially during the current housing crisis, connectivity in rural areas, and strengthening relationship with the Irish Diaspora.

He praised the great work being done by Kerry Airport, the Global Irish Festival 2022 and the greenway projects across the county.

"Kerry is a great county and has so much to be incredibly proud of. To be elected Mayor of Kerry is simply the single greatest honour of my life and I will endeavour as the First Citizen of our wonderful county to represent Kerry County Council and the people of the Kingdom to the best of my ability."

Cllr Michael O'Shea said that "history has been made here today" as John Francis Flynn is the first councillor from Killorglin elected Mayor of Kerry since the late Chubb O'Connor in 1974 before he became a TD.


The Annual Meetings of the five Municipal Districts in Kerry also took place today and the following councillors were elected:

Killarney Municipal District
Cathaoirleach – Cllr Niall Kelleher (FF)
Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr John O’Donoghue (Ind)

Tralee Municipal District
Mayor – Cllr Mikey Sheehy (FF)
Deputy Mayor – Cllr Terry O’Brien (Lab)

Kenmare Municipal District
Cathaoirleach – Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen (FG)
Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr Michael Cahill (FF)

Castleisland-Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District
Cathaoirleach – Cllr Michael O’Shea (FF)
Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr Bobby O’Connell (FG)

Listowel Municipal District
Cathaoirleach – Cllr Aoife Thornton (FG)
Leas Cathaoirleach – Cllr Michael Foley (FG)

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New  bio-energy therapy clinic open on Beech Road

Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily? Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which […]




Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily?

Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which must adapt to this emergency mode.

Muscles tense up, heart beats faster, vessels get compressed, blood pressure rises, body retains water etc. Most of us subject our bodies to this emergency mode without being aware of it.

Irina Sharapova MH has just opened a new Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy clinic at Horan’s Health Store on Beech Road by appointment each Friday.

Both Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy, support the body’s natural ability to heal.

During a herbal consultation the therapist suggests necessary corrections to the client’s diet and lifestyle aiming at reducing the elements that contribute to inflammation, stiffness and pain, and increasing the elements that aid healing.

Then they prepare herbal remedies specific to the client. Client’s medications are also examined to ensure that there are no conflicts with the herbal treatment.

Herbs support healing by relaxing the body and improving sleep; they are used to treat various ailments from digestive and reproductive issues to insomnia and migraines.

Bio-Energy therapy is a complementary non-contact treatment that helps to release tension from the body caused by injuries, traumas or stress.

During a Bio-Energy session the therapist scans the client’s body for signals that indicate that the energy is not flowing smoothly – these are the areas that have reacted to the Client’s emotions of fear, worry, hurt, anger, sadness etc.

The therapist “clears out” these areas until the energy flow feels smooth. Bio-Energy is helpful in the treatment of physical and emotional pain and other ailments.

It is suitable for people who do not like massages and other treatments that are performed directly on the body.

Disclaimer: Alternative therapies are not substitutes for medical advice.
For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact Irina at 086 9878941 or via email at Website:


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Spotted an otter lately?

Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals. The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching […]



Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching a new National Otter Survey and has teamed up with researchers in Queen’s University Belfast and the National Biodiversity Data Centre to collect and collate otter records from right across the country.

The new survey will map otters and compare results to the last survey, carried out in 2010-11.

NPWS teams will be looking for characteristic signs of otters at over 900 sites throughout the country, including rivers, lakes and the coast.

Members of the public are asked to keep their eyes peeled for otters and to get involved in this national survey by adding their sightings to the survey results.

Otters are mostly active at night and most typically seen at dawn or dusk. They may be spotted from bridges swimming in rivers or along the rocky seashore.
Otters are brown, about 80 cm (30 inches) long and can be seen gliding along the water surface before diving to show their distinctive long pointed tail which is almost as long again as their body.

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive animals so getting as many people involved in the survey as possible will be important if we are to get good coverage. Otters are rarely seen, so instead, over the coming months, NPWS staff will be searching for otter tracks and signs.”

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“Otters have large, webbed feet and leave distinctive footprints, but these can be hard to find. Fortunately, otters mark their territory using droppings known as spraints. Otters deposit spraints conspicuously on boulders along riverbanks, logs on lake shores or the rocky high tide line. Spraints can be up to 10 cm or 3 inches long, black through to white but commonly brown, tarry to powdery in consistency and straight or curved making them tricky to identify. Luckily, they commonly contain fish bones and crayfish shells which are the otters favoured diet making them easy to tell apart from the droppings of birds and other mammals.”

The otter and its habitat are protected under the EU Habitats Directive which requires that Ireland reports on the status of the species every six years. The next report is due in 2025.

The otter suffered significant declines across much of continental Europe during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s but remained widespread in Ireland. The most recent Irish survey (2010-2011) found signs of otter from all counties of Ireland and from sea-shore to mountain streams.

The otter hunts in water, but spends much of its time on land, and as a result is vulnerable to river corridor management such as culverting, dredging and the clearance of bankside vegetation, as well as pollution, pesticides, oil spillages, coastal developments and road traffic.

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