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Killarney to get serious on climate action

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The train has left the station in terms of climate change and Killarney has to act fast to get ahead of it, a prominent local businessman has stressed.

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Tricel managing director  Mike Stack  is spearheading a Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce sub-committee on sustainability which is aimed at trying to make Killarney the most sustainable town in Ireland with a number of projects already up and running.
He was speaking at a public meeting at promoting sustainable businesses and promoting carbon and cost reductions.
Fáilte Ireland unveiled its climate action programme at the meeting held in the Killarney Avenue Hotel which was attended by over 70 local business interests
Mr Stack outlined how his family run business is reacting to the climate challenge and they opted to go down the solar route a few years back by installing 784kw of solar panels on the roof of the factory buildings and plant at Tiernaboul.
In March 2022 they were fully operational and they will be fully paid for by March 2025 and it covers about a fifth of the electricity used in the factory which operates 24 hours a day, six days a week.
“It’s not just about the big picture projects. We run projects every year to reduce the amount of waste we produce and electricity we use,” Mr Stack said.
He said investing in solar, in heat pumps or wind and using less electricity, less oil, less transport and less waste is going to make businesses more profitable in time.
Mr Stack said his involvement with the Chamber is aimed at trying to make Killarney the most sustainable town in the country and there are a number of projects already underway.
“We are trying to build on the success of the wonderful coffee cups initiative which really showed what a town can do when people get together and decide to drive on and do something,” the Tricel managing director added.
Other issues being explored include the provision of more electric charging points in the town and addressing issues like food waste.
An application for capital has been submitted to Kerry County Council to help all interested businesses to start the sustainability programme.
“Climate change is happening. There’s no more time to be waiting and saying I’m going to do something this year or the year after – we have to get at it straight away,” Mr Stack said.
Kerry County Council’s climate action coordinator, Alex Grassick, told the meeting that the local authority has adopted a five-year climate action plan which looks at a variety of actions that can be taken across the county to meet internal targets and to support external sectors.
In 2020, the council had a target of 33 per cent improvement in energy efficiency and it exceeded that by 10 per cent.
Mr Grassick said the most important action is to identify the areas to concentrate on in terms of energy savings as if it’s not measured then it’s not managed.
“On a global scale, every month from last June to February of this year has been the warmest month on record and in the last eight months we’ve had more rainfall in Ireland than we’ve ever had so there are changes there and we can all see them,” he said.

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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