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Kerry Social Farming held its annual meeting at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday.

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from left were: Martin Murphy, Shane Savage and Stephen Faley. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from left were: Eamonn O'Reilly (NEWKD), John Stack (NEWKD), Belinda Gascoine, Joe McCrohan, Tony Donnelly and Mike O'Donoghue. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from left were: Earl Leahy (Valentia Island), Breda O'Sullivan (Glenbeigh), Breda O'Sullivan (Killorglin), Breda McNamara (St John of God) and Stephen Faley (Listowel). Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from front l-r: Martin Murphy, Earl Leahy, Minister Norma Foley, Breda OÕSullivan, Cian Begley. Back l-r: Stephen Faley, John Fleming, Pat OÕConnor, Mike OÕConnor, Cathal Moriarty and Shane Savage. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from front l-r: Martin Murphy, Earl Leahy, Minister Norma Foley, Breda OÕSullivan, Cian Begley, Eamon Horgan (Chair of Kerry Social Farming Working Group). Back l-r were: Evelyn OÕConnell (KSF Facilitator), Stephen Faley, Luke Myers (Kerry Eco-Social Farming Officer), Noel Spillane (CEO SKDP), John Fleming, Joe McCrohan (Rural Development Manager SKDP). Pat OÕConnor, Mike OÕConnor, Eamon OÕReilly (CEO NEWKD), John Stack (Chair of Board of NEWKD), Cathal Moriarty, Shane Savage, Rena Blake (KSF facilitator). Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday from front l-r were: Eamon Horgan, Karen Tetteroo, Mike Hennessy (KSF Working Group member representing Down Syndrome Kerry), Joan Brosnan and Joe McCrohan (SKDP). Back (l-r) Billy Jo OÕConnor, Jan Tetteroo, Mike OÕShea, Breeda OÕSullivan, Mary Fleming, Tom Sears, Rena Blake, Peter Curran, and Dawn Roberts. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Pictured at the Kerry Social Farming Annual Meeting in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Friday were: Eamonn Horgan, Chair of Kerry Social Farming Working Group with Minister for Education Norma Foley. Photo: Don MacMonagle

It followed a break of a number of years when the event was held online.

A large attendance heard from host farmers and social farming participants about the importance of social farming in their daily lives. Chairman of KSF Working Group Éamon Horgan, emphasised the need for secure and consistent funding for the project, which has expanded from four farms in 2013 to over 30 farms currently, with weekly social farming opportunities now being provided to over 50 people across Kerry.

Education Minister Norma Foley TD was guest speaker and commended what she described as a ‘life enriching’ project. She noted the various disciplines whose skills and generosity contributed to the success of Kerry Social Farming and reaffirmed the current Government’s commitment to social farming.

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World Rally Champion Phil Mills’ Killarney visit

Former World co-driving champion Phil Mills will be one of the guests of honour at a special Killarney and District Motor Club event next month. The club is celebrating Prodrive’s […]

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Former World co-driving champion Phil Mills will be one of the guests of honour at a special Killarney and District Motor Club event next month.

The club is celebrating Prodrive’s association with the Rally of the Lakes on October 14.

The legendary British motorsport preparation firm was responsible for building some of the most iconic associated with the local rally.

The celebration, which will raise funds for the Jack and Jill Foundation, will be hosted by the voice of Irish motorsport Alan ‘Plum’ Tyndall.

Welshman Mills, who won the 2003 World Rally Championship, alongside Petter Solberg has confirmed his attendance at the Killarney Racecourse-based event.

He is just one of many superstars attending the showcase.
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“Accompanying the stars will be a collection of iconic Prodrive machinery, ranging from the BMW E30 M3, all the way through to the Subaru Group A and World Rally Cars the 1990s and early 2000s,” said Killarney and District Motor Club vice chairman and organiser Mike Shea.

“All proceeds of this event will go directly to the Jack & Jill foundation helping provide support and special care to children across the country and is a once in a lifetime event.”

This event is in association with: Lyons of Limerick; C.Wharton Tool Hire Ltd; BG Motors Ltd; Castleisland Tyre Centre; Aherns Motor Group; Reen’s Rathmore Peugeot; KC Print and Moriarty’s Central Car Sales

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National Park Autumn talks series 2023

The National Parks and Wildlife Service will run a series of talks on Thursday nights in October and November. Beginning on October 5 until November 16 the six-meeting programme will […]

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service will run a series of talks on Thursday nights in October and November.

Beginning on October 5 until November 16 the six-meeting programme will cover everything for the nature within the national park to the history of Killarney and its surrounding areas.

The opening lecture, by the NPWS’s Eamon Meskell will tell the story of the White-Tailed eagle in Killarney.

The following week, local historian, Owen O’Shea will deliver a speech on the Civil War in Kerry.

The final October talk is scheduled for October and its topic is the fungi growing in the park.

The lectures resume in November, on November 2, John Breen will talk about the various ant species in the park, the following week will feature a talk on the McShain family’s contribution to the town.

The final meeting, on November 16 covers the Blasket Islands, past present and future.

All events take place at Killarney House at 8pm – free admission but limited seating.

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