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DRAW: Rory D'Arcy and Liam Warren of Barraduff Community Field Organisation pictured at the INEC Arena, the venue for Sunday night's 'Win A Dream Kerry Home' prize draw.

By Michelle Crean

The final countdown is on ….. as this weekend someone is going to win a dream three-bedroomed detached home located just outside Killarney - and live mortgage free!

Worth €270,000, No. 4 Fuschia Lane, located in the heart of Barraduff village, consists of an A-rated two-storey three-bedroom detached house with a south-facing private garden at the back.

The draw will take place at the INEC, Killarney on Sunday night at 8pm and will be livestreamed on the 'Win A Dream Kerry Home' Facebook page.

Organised by voluntary community group Barraduff Community Field Organisation, the fundraiser was set up to help develop the facilities in the community further with plans in place for a new multi-purpose community hall which will include a full-size basketball court, gym, theatre stage and fold-away seating adjacent to their all-weather playing field in Barraduff village. A work hub to facilitate online connectivity to the workplace will also offer new opportunities to both live and work locally.

Kevin Collins from Cork who won the Easter promotional prize of a €1,000 weekend away in The Hotel Europe. 

“Living mortgage free will be life-changing for one lucky entrant," committee member Liam Warren said. "Our vision is that a lucky family will be able to transform their lives forever, either by coming to live and work in Barraduff or coming here to holiday and enjoy all that Kerry has to offer."

Certainly, the vision of this voluntary group combined with a once-in-a-generation opportunity through this spectacular raffle, offers the prospect of exciting times ahead for the village of Barraduff.

As well as the new home, the second prize is a Mitsubishi Spacestar 1.2L 5-seater car valued at €17,000. A €100 ticket also puts you in the draw for a host of other prizes including Killarney hotel accommodation vouchers, a contemporary suite of furniture valued at €1,000, cash prizes and 1000L home heating oil.

“We are grateful to all the local businesses that have sponsored a range of prizes worth thousands of Euro. I think this is the most amazing raffle I have ever seen!” Liam added.

Tickets for the draw this weekend are still available online at for only €100.

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]




A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.


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White Tailed Sea Eagles released into Killarney National Park

By Sean Moriarty Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park. The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough […]




By Sean Moriarty

Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park.

The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough Derg and the lower Shannon Estuary where a total of 16 of the once extinct in Ireland birds have been released in recent days.

On Friday last, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin was in Tarbert where a number of eagles were released into the wild as part of a project to re-establish a population of this iconic species in Ireland.

This was followed by a further release today (Tuesday) in Killarney National Park by the Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, TD, accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mari Skåre.

Also in attendance were a group of visiting Norwegians who were responsible for the collection of the eagle nestlings in Norway earlier this year.

These white-tailed Eagle chicks arrived in Kerry Airport last month as part of a long-term wildlife reintroduction project.

The four eagle chicks brought to Killarney National Park have been held in special aviaries in a remote part of the Park where they have been carefully looked after by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

“It has been wonderful to watch the release of the magnificent White Tail Eagles collected in Norway. The friendship between the people of Norway and the people of Ireland runs deep. The eagles we see fly free and strong in their natural habitat here today are spreading their wings as a result of the voluntary work of so many,” said Ambassador Skåre.

“Biodiversity is essential for all life on Earth. Yet we are seeing an extremely rapid loss of species world-wide. Through joint efforts we can halt this decline.”

As in previous years, the young eagles were collected under licence in Norway by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and co-workers. All the birds were fitted with satellite tags in Ireland to enable their progress to be followed and their integration into the existing Irish breeding population monitored.

One of the first pairs of White-tailed Eagles to breed in Ireland was in Killarney National Park in 2013 and the pair have remained in the Park since, once again fledging a chick this year. Their nest is in a tree on an inaccessible cliff, but visitors may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the eagles soaring over the mountains or catching fish in one of the Park’s many lakes.

As they mature, these chicks will join and strengthen the small Irish breeding population that has become established since the reintroduction programme began in 2007. So far, 47 young eagles from Norway have been released over the last two years.

FLYING HIGH: One of the White-tailed Eagle chicks released into the wild in Killarney National Park on Tuesday.
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