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Magic in the air in Muckross for Christmas

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Santa’s magic dust being made at Muckross traditional Farms, Muckross, Killarney National Park, by Angus and Aggie, watched closely by Caroline Quirke and Riain Gleeeson. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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SO MANY happy youngsters – and the young at heart – have been enjoying a truly enchanting journey at Muckross this Christmas.

Santa Claus landed his sleigh at Muckross Traditional Farms in Killarney National Park at the end of November and took up residence there for the festive season, meeting and greeting his many young friends.

The Mucklorians, who are cousins of Santa’s Elves at the North Pole, have been busy, helping create the special magic dust, or “Mican”.

A hundred years ago this year the Spirit of Christmas was threatened due to a shortage of Mican at the North Pole. “Mican is the magic dust that makes Christmas happen,” said a spokesperson for Muckross Christmas Magic.

“Santa sent out six of his chief elves to find a new supply to ensure the magic of Christmas continued for all the children of the world. Here in the heart of Muckross in 1915 they discovered a supply of Mican.”

A magical journey awaits all who enjoy a trip to Muckross Traditional Farms, where guests travel down Christmas Avenue by horsedrawn carriage to the Mucklorian Mining Village, as well as get to admire the gigantic Christmas tree.

Gasps of excitement are always heard as the resident blacksmith sends sparks into the winter air.

And of course, Santa’s young pals also avail of the chance to send their letters to the man in red at the Christmas Post Office, before their meeting with the man himself.

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Motorists urged to be vigilant during deer breeding season

Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk. “While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer […]

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Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk.

“While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer as male deer go in search of females and younger males are ousted by dominant males forcing deer to cross roads and motorways,” Damien Hannigan from the Irish Deer Commission said.

Drivers are being advised to reduce speed, stay alert and dip their headlights as the full beam may cause the deer to freeze.

“If a deer has crossed in front of your vehicle, be aware that others may follow. Do not approach an injured deer. If you are involved in a deer road traffic accident or come across a deer that has been involved in a road traffic accident, immediately contact the local Gardaí.”

The Irish Deer Commission operate a humane deer dispatch scheme with 75 trained volunteers assisting agencies and charities who deal with an increasing number of deer vehicle collisions nationally.

On Sunday October 10 the Irish Deer Commission will hold a Red Deer Rut Watch event in Killarney National
Park. It has taken place in Killarney continuously for over 5,000 years and Killarney National Park is acknowledged as one of the best locations in Europe to observe the red deer rut.
This family friendly event is being hosted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is free. There will be talks by a Conservation Rangers and the Irish Deer Commission, along with a display of native red deer antlers.

Booking is available only online via visit www.irishdeercommission.ie.

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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