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Lake rescue highlights need for a permanent boat base

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By Sean Moriarty

A well-known boat operator in Killarney has called for a dedicated search and rescue boathouse to be built near Ross Castle.

Donal ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue and local paramedic Eugene Tangney were involved in a dramatic lake rescue on Lough Leane after two male kayakers were overturned in bad weather.

The kayakers were able to get to Lamb Island and raise the alarm while clinging to plants.

The volunteer Killarney Water Rescue service launched their rescue boat from Dundag near Muckross, nearly 8kms from Lamb Island.

Their boat is currently stored at a private house and once they get a call they must navigate the notorious Killarney traffic before they can launch their boat.

‘Dux’ received a call from paramedic Tangney.

"He knew I would be near Ross Castle and would be much closer to the incident,” Dux told the Killarney Advertiser.

‘Dux’ and Tangney got to the scene of the accident around 15 minutes before Killarney Water Rescue.

The time difference highlighted the challenges the volunteers face and the situation could have been much worse if the accident occurred during the peak summer season and the volunteers were delayed getting to their launch slip in the notorious tourist-season traffic gridlock.

“There is plenty of land down near Ross Castle to build a slip, or better again, a small shed where the rescue boat could be kept,” ‘Dux’ added.

“It would be very important to the town of Killarney to make this happen, the current situation is like having a fire station for Killarney in Farranfore.”

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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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