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Liam was a man of great vision

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By Michelle Crean

News of the passing of Liam Kelly, a friend, colleague and volunteer community man of many years standing, was met with great sadness throughout the town earlier this week.

Liam, from Loreto Road, and formerly Dungarvan, Waterford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday last following an illness bravely fought.

The members of the Muckross Community Association and indeed, the entire community of the Muckross area, were shocked and saddened to hear of his passing.

Requiem Mass took place on Tuesday morning at 10.30am in St Mary's Cathedral and was live streamed on www.killarneyparish.com due to the current restrictions.

The Muckross Community Association this week extended its deepest sympathy to his wife Helen, his daughters Susan, Oonagh and Gillian, and the members of the extended Kelly family.

In his capacity as a community volunteer, Liam served as Chairman of the Muckross Community Centre for many years. He directed his energies and his organisational abilities to all of the activities associated with the centre.

From assisting the Muckross Community Playschool to setting up Neighbourhood Watch, from supporting the Youth Club to stewarding at the Ring of Kerry Cycle, from serving on the National Parks Liaison Committee to ensuring the continuance of the weekly Muckross Community Lottery, Liam was a tireless volunteer, always positive, always giving of himself for the benefit of other organisations and other people.

Liam was also the driving force behind the recent extension to the community centre which increased its capacity for many more uses for the community.

The rowing club in Muckross has benefited hugely from his vision for the community centre facility and it too has expressed sadness at his loss.

Liam was also the key point behind the many fundraising events undertaken to enable the Community Association to supply and instal four defibrillators for the Muckross area with one being placed at the community centre, Muckross Church, Loughquittane and Loreto National School.

"Liam was a man of great vision and never shied from the hard work required to achieve whatever goal he set," a spokesperson from Muckross Community Association, said.

"It was our pleasure to have known and worked with and for him. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his wife Helen, daughters Susan, Gillian and Oonagh and his grandchildren and members of his family. May he rest in peace."

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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