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Local company launches ‘Killarney Plant a Tree’ initiative

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REFOREST KILLARNEY: Sir Maurice O’Connell pictured with one of the bottles with the ‘Killarney Plant a Tree’ tag. 

After the devastating fires in the Killarney National Park, Killarney-based Wayward Irish Spirits has pledged for every bottle of The Liberator Irish Whiskey sold in May and June it will donate to www.reforestationnation.ie to plant a tree in Killarney.

A ‘Killarney Plant a Tree’ tag will be attached to the neck of each bottle highlighting the initiative and, hopefully, will encourage others to follow.

“The whole country has been devastated by the scale of the damage from the fire that has destroyed so much of our unique protected habitats,” founder Sir Maurice O’Connell said.

“The Killarney National Park was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981 and the extent of the impact on the local ecosystem will take time to be fully understood. We’ve been planting trees here on the Lakeview Estate for generations but not in the numbers that are required to meet this challenge. This can only be achieved as part of a larger project. We wanted to get the ball rolling as soon as possible so we’re donating now to Reforestation Nation’s efforts to plant trees locally. We’ve donated in advance to cover 671 trees. We will also revisit our own planting plans in light of this recent disruption to the local wildlife.

He added that they are privileged to be based on the shores of Loch Leane, rich in its beauty and biodiversity.

“We will be looking at further initiatives to do our part to reforest Killarney and help to rebuild the local ecosystem.”

Wayward Irish Spirits has also released its latest Storehouse Special, a Cask Strength version of their popular blended Whiskey, The Liberator Small Batch – Double Port.

“Our Storehouse Specials are small scale releases of interesting whiskeys from our Bonded Storehouse called ‘The House of Contentment’ or test releases of potential new products.”

They are also delighted that The Liberator Irish Whiskey has been taken on by Musgrave’s Food Academy Programme which promotes local suppliers, leading to the opportunity to pitch to SuperValu stores in Kerry. “The programme offers mentoring and dedicated in-store displays. We are already stocked in SuperValu Killarney, Killorglin, Cahersiveen and Ballybunion, and hope that this coverage will increase shortly.”

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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