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Landowners burning gorse are “acting within the law”

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MOUNTAINS AFLAME: The remains of two burning fires near Castlemaine in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Photo: Michael G Kenny

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By Sean Moriarty

A spokesperson for Killarney Fire and Rescue has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that landowners are acting within the law by burning gorse at this time of the year. Concerns were raised on Tuesday and Wednesday night when several gorse fires in the area lit up the skies.

A large fire was reported in the Scartaglin area on Tuesday evening. A unit from Killarney Fire Station provided back-up to Castleisland Fire Station for this incident.

A second, smaller fire, was reported in the foothills of Strickeen Mountain at the same time.

A third fire near the communications mast at Leamnaguilla, Kilcummin was attended to by units of Killarney Fire and Rescue in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“It was not such a big ordeal,” a Killarney officer, who attended the Kilcummin fire, told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is legal at this time of year, until February 28. No doubt there will be irresponsible people burning after this date and that is when people should be giving out. But they are giving out now when it is perfectly legal.”

On Wednesday night further gorse fires were reported in the Killarney area near Glenflesk and on Mangerton Mountain. Further afield there were gorse fires near Castlemaine and Inch.

Unseasonal dry underfoot conditions and the early week easterly winds helped fan the flames but the arrival of rain as well as snow on higher ground on Thursday helped contain the fires.

The practice of burning gorse bushes has long been controversial. Farmers defend the need to burn the upland gorse as it is an evasive plant and prevents animals from getting access mountainside grazing.

“Managed burning of gorse is good land management practice as it allows the regeneration of mountain land,” said an Irish Farmers Association statement.

Nature conservationists are opposed to the practice saying it causes damage to the natural habitats and disrupts wildlife in the area.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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