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Killarney House receives prestigious Green Flag Award

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By Michelle Crean

 

There's been a lot of work behind the scenes thanks to the dedicated staff of Killarney House and Gardens - but it has all paid off as they have received their second Green Flag Award.

On Thursday Minister Noonan congratulated the NPWS staff on the outstanding achievement as it was announced that Killarney House and Gardens had not only received the Green Flag but successfully retained it, which he said "adds to the significance of the occasion”.

A Green Flag is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognised throughout the world. Green Flag status ensures delivery of quality green spaces, best practice management, plans for improvements and future works and the implementation of environmental sustainability within park management.

The newly refurbished Killarney House and Gardens continues to serve as a gateway to Killarney National Park, and in these challenging times, plays an important role in the well-being of visitors from all over the country.

"We're delighted to have received the Green Flag award for the second year in a row," Bríd Colhoun, Supervisor Guide with responsibility for the Green Flag Award, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We have to keep to a high standard. It's a great credit to our Head Gardener Michael Doyle and all the staff working in the house. We're looking forward to continued success into the future."

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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