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Killarney’s glowing report card in the anti-litter league

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THERE was welcome news for Killarney during week as it was deemed tops of the class in a leading litter– but our county town was given a less glowing report card.

The study was carried out by the group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) which showed Killarney is among the top ten cleanest towns in Ireland.
Killarney finished eighth out of forty towns and cities surveys and was deemed “cleaner than European norms”.

The An Taisce report for Killarney stated: “Killarney improved to a top ten position at a time of year when it needs to show its best side to the many tourists visiting.” The survey gave nine out of the ten sites top marks.

There was bad news for our county town, as Tralee slipped to “moderately littered” in 33rd position in the ranking of 40 towns and cities.
IBAL placed Killarney in 12th position earlier this year so to jump four places is definitely a feather in our cap.

Below are the details of the judges’ report.

College Street: Grade A Overall, College Street scored well with regard to litter. The footpath surfaces varied quite considerably – some parts of the paving were definitely much fresher than others.

Lewis Road: Grade A Road surface, signage and markings were in good order, with the footpaths in less good order – somewhat cracked and uneven.

Main Street: Grade A The Main Street was excellent. The very wide paving (with attractive slabs underfoot) creates a great sense of space.
Muckross House: Grade A The approach and area immediately surrounding the entrance to Muckross House was excellent.
New Street: Grade A Many of the buildings along this street were brightly painted. The paving was in good order. There were no major litter issues but cigarette butts were definitely a feature throughout.

Bottle Bank in Main Street car park: Grade A The bin units at this facility were fresh, with clear signage on the front of each one. There were some sticker notices indicating that the bottle bank is regularly monitored by CCTV.
Derelict Site at Park Road Commercial Park: Grade C This was quite a poor site in an otherwise well presented and maintained commercial park.

Jarvey Park: Grade A This is a very well managed green space in the centre of Killarney used by the ‘Jarveys’ as a ‘taxi’ area.

Approach from Skibbereen: Grade A The overall appearance of this road was a very good one.

Approach Road from Cork: Grade A This was a very good route, with a virtual absence of litter.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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