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Major haul of illegal fireworks in Killarney

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KILLARNEY GARDAI have seized hundreds of euro worth of illegal fireworks following a targeted operation over Halloween.

Fireworks with an estimated value of between €400 and €500 were recovered in a targeted operation on Friday and Saturday. Four search warrants were issued and four premises were searched. “A large quantity of fireworks were seized and a file is being prepared for the DPP,” Garda Michael Milner of Killarney Gardai told Killarney Advertiser.

The haul is the largest such seizure in Killarney in a number of years and the detections were carried out under a nationwide Garda operation – Operation Tombola – which has been targeting the sale and supply of fireworks. “We were very happy that hopefully this seizure of fireworks will have prevented someone from being hurt,” added Garda Milner.

 


 
Above: Killarney Gardai seized a number of illegal fireworks Operation Tombola in the Killarney area during Halloween. Pictured with the display of fireworks are Garda Mike Milner, Garda Brendan McMahon and Sgt John O'Gorman. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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