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Killarney still has that golden touch




By Michelle Crean

Killarney’s remarkable gold medal performance in this year’s national Tidy Towns competition should be a source of great pride to everybody in the town, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has said.

TRAFFIC: Cllr Maura Healy-Rae hit out at the Council for not producing a detailed traffic plan at Wednesday's Killarney Municipal District meeting.

PRAISE: Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher praised the work of volunteers in this year's Tidy Towns competition.

This year the hard working group increased its overall mark by nine points, to 361.

Competition judges were more than impressed by the high standard of upkeep and presentation in the town saying they were "very impressed at the small volume of fresh litter" that they saw.

Other comments included the KASI community garden which they said was "very impressive and where great crops of vegetables, fruit trees and fruit bushes are grown beside stunning floral displays", adding that the "the bin storage units at Chapel Lane with the colourful murals make the area bright and inviting".

There were a few negative points however, from weed growth to too many 'Bee Friendly' signs.

"You have installed addition ‘Bee Friendly’ signs throughout the town ….don’t overdo the installation of signage as remember it’s the streetscape or natural area we want to see not signage and their associated poles!"

Chamber President Niall Kelleher thanked and congratulated all the businesses, residents’ associations, community groups and individuals who have played their part in ensuring Killarney is presented in the best possible light.

Mr Kelleher also thanked all those involved in the local Tidy Towns committee for volunteering their services for the weekly clean-up work throughout the year and, he said, it made all the difference when the adjudicators paid their annual visits to the town during the busy summer months.

The Chamber President said everybody in the town should be particularly grateful to the management and staff of Kerry County Council for the investment they have made in keeping Killarney Looking Good and for having the vision to implement a number of projects which have helped enormously in Killarney achieving its stated goals.

“The outdoor staff in the Killarney Municipal District Council area, led by Noel O’Leary, are a real force to be reckoned with when it comes to polishing the jewel in the crown of Kerry tourism," he said.

“The work that they do on a daily basis has to be seen to be believed. They are a tremendously dedicated bunch of workers and Killarney owes them an enormous gratitude.”

Johnny McGuire from Killarney Tidy towns also praised the volunteers and Council staff.

"On behalf of the volunteers we'd like to acknowledge the fantastic work of the outdoor staff of Kerry County Council who we have the great hour of working with. It's a testament to the hard working community of volunteer."

He added that it's also bittersweet without Yvonne Quill who passed away in September.

"I would like to acknowledge Yvonne's great contribution over the years. It's the first time without her in 25 years and it's a huge void. She is sadly missed by all the volunteers."

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New  bio-energy therapy clinic open on Beech Road

Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily? Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which […]




Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily?

Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which must adapt to this emergency mode.

Muscles tense up, heart beats faster, vessels get compressed, blood pressure rises, body retains water etc. Most of us subject our bodies to this emergency mode without being aware of it.

Irina Sharapova MH has just opened a new Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy clinic at Horan’s Health Store on Beech Road by appointment each Friday.

Both Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy, support the body’s natural ability to heal.

During a herbal consultation the therapist suggests necessary corrections to the client’s diet and lifestyle aiming at reducing the elements that contribute to inflammation, stiffness and pain, and increasing the elements that aid healing.

Then they prepare herbal remedies specific to the client. Client’s medications are also examined to ensure that there are no conflicts with the herbal treatment.

Herbs support healing by relaxing the body and improving sleep; they are used to treat various ailments from digestive and reproductive issues to insomnia and migraines.

Bio-Energy therapy is a complementary non-contact treatment that helps to release tension from the body caused by injuries, traumas or stress.

During a Bio-Energy session the therapist scans the client’s body for signals that indicate that the energy is not flowing smoothly – these are the areas that have reacted to the Client’s emotions of fear, worry, hurt, anger, sadness etc.

The therapist “clears out” these areas until the energy flow feels smooth. Bio-Energy is helpful in the treatment of physical and emotional pain and other ailments.

It is suitable for people who do not like massages and other treatments that are performed directly on the body.

Disclaimer: Alternative therapies are not substitutes for medical advice.
For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact Irina at 086 9878941 or via email at Website:


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Spotted an otter lately?

Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals. The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching […]



Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching a new National Otter Survey and has teamed up with researchers in Queen’s University Belfast and the National Biodiversity Data Centre to collect and collate otter records from right across the country.

The new survey will map otters and compare results to the last survey, carried out in 2010-11.

NPWS teams will be looking for characteristic signs of otters at over 900 sites throughout the country, including rivers, lakes and the coast.

Members of the public are asked to keep their eyes peeled for otters and to get involved in this national survey by adding their sightings to the survey results.

Otters are mostly active at night and most typically seen at dawn or dusk. They may be spotted from bridges swimming in rivers or along the rocky seashore.
Otters are brown, about 80 cm (30 inches) long and can be seen gliding along the water surface before diving to show their distinctive long pointed tail which is almost as long again as their body.

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive animals so getting as many people involved in the survey as possible will be important if we are to get good coverage. Otters are rarely seen, so instead, over the coming months, NPWS staff will be searching for otter tracks and signs.”

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“Otters have large, webbed feet and leave distinctive footprints, but these can be hard to find. Fortunately, otters mark their territory using droppings known as spraints. Otters deposit spraints conspicuously on boulders along riverbanks, logs on lake shores or the rocky high tide line. Spraints can be up to 10 cm or 3 inches long, black through to white but commonly brown, tarry to powdery in consistency and straight or curved making them tricky to identify. Luckily, they commonly contain fish bones and crayfish shells which are the otters favoured diet making them easy to tell apart from the droppings of birds and other mammals.”

The otter and its habitat are protected under the EU Habitats Directive which requires that Ireland reports on the status of the species every six years. The next report is due in 2025.

The otter suffered significant declines across much of continental Europe during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s but remained widespread in Ireland. The most recent Irish survey (2010-2011) found signs of otter from all counties of Ireland and from sea-shore to mountain streams.

The otter hunts in water, but spends much of its time on land, and as a result is vulnerable to river corridor management such as culverting, dredging and the clearance of bankside vegetation, as well as pollution, pesticides, oil spillages, coastal developments and road traffic.

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