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By Sean Moriarty

Over 150 households in the Sliabh Luachra area have committed to pay €5 a week standing-order to fund legal costs against plans for a battery storage compound.

 

In June this year, the Ballinahulla Battery Awareness Group (BBAG) applied for a judicial review after An Bord Pleanala upheld planning permission granted by Kerry County Council to build a battery storage site in their area. Locals are concerned about fire risks at the compound and are also fighting a plan to build more wind turbines in the region.

 

On Monday, BBAG joined forces with other communities in Kerry, including Ballybunion and Ballylongford to protest outside Kerry County Council in Tralee. Their combined mantra is “No more wind farms”.

 

The Ballinahulla group have also launched phase-two of their fundraising drive to challenge Kerry County Council in the High Court regarding the battery storage complex and to fight An Bord Pleanála in relation to additional wind turbines in the area.

 

“Monday’s protest in Tralee was louder and carried more energy than our previous protests  as we were joined by other communities in Kerry who face similar issues,” group chair Anita O’Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We re-grouped after that and had a local meeting on Wednesday night. We have a commitment from over 150 households to lodge €5 a week into our Credit Union account to pay for legal proceedings – the momentum is phenomenal.”

 

Meanwhile at the first meeting of the new Castleisland-Chorca Dhuibne Muncipal District the members put forward a joint motion calling on Minister Eoghan Murphy to put a halt on all future planning applications in relation to renewable energy projects such as wind turbines, battery stations until new guidelines are published.

 

“The current guidelines which date back to 2006 for wind turbines are no longer fit for purpose but our local authorities are being asked to continue considering planning applications under guidelines of which could be obsolete in a number of months,” said Cllr. Jackie Healy-Rae.

 

“At a time when Government are pushing new climate strategy and trying to be green, they are yet again putting the cart before the horse as it is grossly irresponsible and neglectful to be considering planning applications on guidelines that are 13-years-old. Communities have been torn apart and destroyed by some of these applications and it is extremely unfair to allow this continue.”

 

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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