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Killarney cleans up in IBAL results

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CLEANING UP: Volunteers from the Killarney Tidy Towns Meitheal group at Pike Hill, Killarney, on Monday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney is one of the cleanest towns in Ireland after being named third cleanest out of 40 towns nationally in the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey published this week.

Only Kilkenny and Athlone are deemed cleaner than Killarney, with Tralee jumping a massive 25 places to fifth.

The news was welcomed by the Killarney Looking Good Committee and Kerry County Council who said they were very pleased with the An Taisce report which stated that Killarney streetscapes were completely litter free.

“What sets Killarney and other top-ranking towns apart is not just the lack of litter but the overall presentation and maintenance of the town centre environment like paving, seating, bollards, planted areas, visitor information notice boards. Evidence of this was particularly noticeable along High Street, Plunkett Street and College Street,” the report stated.

“The fact that the town was judged Cleaner than European norms is a great tribute to the Council staff and to the very generous Looking Good and Meitheal volunteers who give so much of their time,” Councillor Michael Gleeson, from the Killarney Looking Good Committee, said.

“This is the result of a great co-operative spirit and it shows that Killarney cares deeply about the environment.”

Yvonne Quill, Chairperson of the Looking Good Committee added that a huge effort has again been put in by the volunteers who participate in the organised clean-ups along with those who maintain their own areas in their own time.

“An extra effort was put into the Tralee Road this year with 10 volunteers in recent weeks targeting Killarney to Farranfore on a Monday evening. It was particularly gratifying to see this getting Grade A status. We cannot be complacent though, litter and dumping is an ongoing battle that we have to keep fighting. We must continue to ensure that our town maintains the highest standards of cleanliness and welcome.”

Eileen O’Donoghue, Killarney Municipal District Council Officer congratulated all those involved in achieving such high standards.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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