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Mayor calls for urgent meeting following town centre incidents

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Mayor of Killarney Cllr Brendan Cronin has called for an urgent meeting with the Gardai, Council and the Chamber of Commerce following the weekend’s incidents on Main St and College St.

 

One video, which showed two men on top of a defibrillator phone box with a large crowd closely gathered together singing along, breaching current social distancing health regulations, was met with huge criticism and disgust nationally after it was viewed over 300k times across a variety of social media platforms.

A second video showed a large number of youths involved in a fight on College St.

A third incident occurred on the Muckross Road which resulted in the death of a young male from Doneraile in North Cork is currently being investigated by Gardai.

Speaking about the Main St and College St incidents, Mayor Cronin is calling on An Gardai Siochana to step up their efforts to ensure that a similar large gathering like this does not happen again.

“I wish to condemn the disgraceful behaviour which was observed on social media from that took place in Main Street, Killarney,” he said.

“As a collective group, we have all done tremendous work to ensure that the number of new cases remains as low as possible in our town and county by putting restrictions before personal preferences. Business owners and staff have gone above and beyond to protect customers and visitors to Killarney. There efforts should be recognised, not hampered by this behaviour. In a time when we cannot go to watch a football match, when weddings are being  postponed along with other family occasions being put on hold, the behaviour seen in our was nothing short of showing two fingers to all those who have put in huge time and effort to make Killarney safe.”

He added that he wishes to sympathise with Killarney First Responders voluntary group for the disrespect shown to the community defibrillator located on Main Street.

“Those that decided to use the defibrillator box as their 'stage' need to publicly apologise for this lack of respect shown.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce also released a statement saying that they are very disappointed and upset by the antics.

“An overwhelming majority of people in Killarney and businesses in the town have adhered to public health guidelines and restrictions introduced by the Government and Health Service Executive during the course of the pandemic,” Paul Sherry, President of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said in a statement.

“It is disappointing that some people see fit to act irresponsibly with little or no respect for others. Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce pleads with everybody to behave in a responsible manner in terms of implementing COVID-19 social distancing requests and to make one final push to ensure everybody can finish the holiday season in a safe manner.”

The Chamber encourages people to adhere to social distancing, face coverings and other public health guidelines, as recommended by the authorities.

“Kerry County Council and businesses in Killarney have introduced several measures to keep everybody safe and we would urge everybody to respect them.”

Kerry Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, also said there is no excuse for the shameful scenes.

Deputy Griffin said the people involved were old enough to know the difference between right and wrong and has said that such behaviour in the town cannot be tolerated.

“Everybody has an obligation to act responsibly and not to contribute to the problem,” he said. “The message needs to go out that Killarney is not a town to party in at the moment. Large groups of people not adhering to social distancing guidelines are not welcome and these people could make many others sick and further damage the already devastated local tourism and hospitality sector.

“I commend local Gardaí for their efforts to restore order under extremely difficult circumstances while trying to cope with numerous serious situations all at the same time. Scenes of disorder on the streets of Killarney are incredibly disheartening to so many people right now.”

He said that he is encouraging people to talk to their peers in the cold light of day to discuss sensible ways of socialising and living with the virus.

“This is a difficult time for people but being extremely reckless is not an option no matter how much people miss normality. A repeat cannot occur.”

 

 

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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