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Killarney cleaner than European norms

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has said there is real cause for celebration this week following the town’s return to the top ten in the Irish Business Against Litter League (IBAL).

Killarney has been declared Cleaner than European Norms – the highest possible rating – and the adjudicators were lavish in their praise of the effort being made in the town.

Chamber noted that the judges were particularly impressed by the work put in to tackle the commercial bins storage area at the Glebe car park which was identified as a problem area in previous reports but it was awarded the top grade on this occasion.

The Chamber executive said there is great credit due to the management and staff and the elected members of Killarney Municipal District Council for successfully addressing that issue and to the outdoor staff who work tirelessly every day to continue the war against litter on the streets and approach roads.

It was also very noteworthy, Chamber added, that very favourable mention was made of the campaign to eliminate single use coffee cups and Killarney is leading the way nationally in that regard.

It is now hoped that the government will introduce the long-promised levy on single use cups so that the rest of the country can benefit to the same extent that Killarney has.

“The most pleasing aspect of the entire report is that the IBAL adjudicators noted that there were no heavily littered sites in the entire town and that most of the areas inspected were deemed to be spotless and deserving of an A grade,” Chamber added.

The business organisation said the reintroduction of the Killarney Looking Good Competition and the huge effort being put in by tidy towns volunteers, business owners and residents has contributed enormously in maintaining the town in such pristine condition and it all augurs well for the national tidy towns competition later in the year.

“The tidy towns adjudication and the Looking Good Competition judging has commenced and we would encourage everybody in the town to continue their great efforts to ensure Killarney is in the mix for the top honours,” Chamber added.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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