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Killarney club hoping to raise €10k summer for pitch maintenance

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FUNDRAISER: Killarney Rugby Football Club are hoping to raise €10k for pitch maintenance. Pictured are: Fiona Landers (Girl's Coordinator), Mike Walker (Treasurer), Tom O'Leary (Volunteer Coordinator) and Eamonn Maguire (Player). Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

A Killarney club are relying on the good will of the community as they aim to raise €10,000 to carry out maintenance on their pitch.

Killarney Rugby Football Club (Killarney RFC) have established the 'Summer Pitch Maintenance Fundraiser' via GoFundMe as they don't have usual access to funds due to the pandemic.

"At this time of the year, the club would now be asking you all to support church gate collections and our annual golf classic but we have had to cancel them along with our weekly Split the Bucket fundraiser, due to the pandemic," Liam Murphy, club PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It has also been a difficult time for some sponsors, who have therefore not been able to continue supporting us. To help make up some of the shortfall, we have launched a GoFundMe page to ensure the investment that went into the pitches is protected, which requires continuous maintenance to keep them in top condition for the return of rugby. We have set a target of €10,000 and would appeal to the generous people of Killarney and beyond to support their rugby club."

He added that the club would like to thank all volunteers and supporters for their ongoing generosity.

"Without our volunteers there would be no club!"

Rugby is for everyone and the club has over one hundred minis, one hundred youths boys and girls and adults teams for men and women.

"We will have a record number of teams playing and competing next season and to this end are planning ahead with our pitch fundraiser to maintain our pitches also. Anything that can be given will be greatly appreciated and will go a long way!"

To support the club, you can make a donation via their GoFundMe page: Killarney Rugby: Summer Pitch Maintenance

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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