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Killarney man calls on public to clear footpaths for visually impaired

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OBSTACLES: Killarney man Morgan Pierce is encouraging people to watch the NCBI video which advises how to help the visually impaired avoid street obstacles. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

A Killarney man who has just over five percent vision is lending his voice to a new national campaign – calling on the public to clear the way for the visually impaired.

Morgan Pierce (43) from Cahernane Meadows, who was born with low vision says that although people don’t cause intentional harm to those with sight loss – he’s now joining the National Council for the Blind’s new online video campaign asking the public to keep paths clear.

The service, which helps thousands of people with vision loss nationally, has released the 40 second YouTube video ‘NCBI - Clear The Way Day’ showing the difficulties people with impaired vision face on a daily basis as they try to navigate their way through towns and cities countrywide.

Morgan says some of the biggest issues he faces daily are street furniture, bicycles attached to poles, commercial bins left out and suitcases along the streets.

“People don’t do it intentionally,” Morgan explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“When people haven’t experienced it they don’t understand what we go through. If someone parks on a footpath for two minutes – it’s quick for them but for someone with sight loss or even the elderly, it has a huge effect as they have to find another longer way around,” Morgan said.

He added, Killarney town is good for cutting back hedging and trees but it’s the temporary obstacles that are causing the most distress.

“I’m calling on the public to be more mindful about obstacles they place in public. If they look at the video online it might make them more aware of the difficulties we face every day.”

 

 

 

 

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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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