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Killarney to hold its first ever Drive-In-Bingo tomorrow (Sunday)

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BINGO TIME: Looking forward to the Drive-In-Bingo in the new Liebherr car park at Lackabane, Fossa, Killarney tomorrow (Sunday) are from left: Dermot Cronin (Scotts Lakers officer), Keelin Houlihan (Scotts Lakers), Niall 'Botty' O'Callaghan (MC), Mark O'Shea (Scotts Lakers) and Paul Sheehan (St Paul's Basketball Club Chairman).

 

Killarney will hold its first ever Drive-In-Bingo in the new Liebherr car park at Lackabane, Fossa, tomorrow (Sunday) at 7pm.

St Paul's Basketball Club is hosting the Drive-in Bingo, which is an exciting alternative to a regular bingo night session, whilst adhering strictly to Government regulations and public health guidelines on social distancing.

Top cash prizes up to €3,500 will be available to win while great fun is guaranteed as you stay safe and comfortable inside your car with your family or friends.

Interested bingo players can turn up on the night, drive in to the car park, turn off their engines and buy a single or double bingo book and follow the game instructions and the calling of the numbers.

Well-known Killarney personality Cllr Niall 'Botty' O'Callaghan will be the official bingo number caller on the night and will keep
everyone entertained and amused calling out the bingo nicknames such as 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Jump and Jive', 'Knock at the Door' and 'Clickety Click'.

Game total is a total of 10 games with line across and full house.
Jackpot is after game eight. Winners can beep their horns or put on hazard lights to identify their car and a steward will then check the numbers before handing out a cash prize.

Stewards and volunteers will be available to assist with any queries and give out winning cash prizes. Car parking will be also be assisted by club stewards and COVID-19 regulations will be in place while toilet facilities and hand sanitiser will also be available.

Cars will be allowed enter the car park from 5pm and the bingo will commence at 7pm.

All proceeds raised from this novel event will go to St Paul's Basketball Club, Killarney.

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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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