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Man’s body recovered by Kerry Mountain Rescue from Carrantuohill

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The Shannon-based Irish Coastguard helicopter in action on Saturday.

A MAN’S body was recovered from Carrantuohill on Saturday after Kerry Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) was alerted by a group of walkers.

The walkers spotted what appeared to be someone falling at the northern face of the peak at around 2pm on Saturday and promptly contacted the recue team, which joined forces with the Shannon-based Coastguard helicopter.

The helicopter identified where the fallen walker was, but was unable to reach him. “The rescue team met the helicopter at the Hag’s Glen where, over a couple of flights, team members and equipment were transferred by helicopter to nearer where the man had fallen,” Allan Wallace of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team told the Killarney Advertiser.

After technical climbing, involving ropes, the team reached the spot. The man’s body was stretchered off the cliff and KMRT met Gardaí at 9pm on Saturday night.

There have been a number of serious falls on the descent from Carrantuohill in the last month, added the KMRT spokesman, urging caution on the peak.

Valentia Coastguard co-ordinated the search and recovery operation by the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team and the Shannon-based Coastguard helicopter.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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