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Mental health for farmers central to Macra vice-president bid

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By Sean Moriarty

A Beaufort postman has announced that he will be running as a candidate for Macra na Feirme Munster vice-president in this year’s elections.
Trevor Coffey will face opposition from three other candidates from Munster when the elections take place on April 10.
Coffey, who is also a jarvey based at the Gap of Dunloe, says he will tackle the growing problem of mental issues and depression in the farming community if elected.
“I’m in Macra na Feirme five years. I didn’t know much about Macra but I was struggling with mental health issues and decided to go to a table quiz and haven’t looked back since,” he said.
“Macra na Feirme helped me when I was really struggling and helped me develop and gave me a new lease of life, now is the time to give back and that’s why I have decided to run for Munster vice-president. If elected I would encourage anyone that is in a bad place or suffering from depression to join Macra na Feirme. Rural Ireland can be a lonesome place, but I would like to show Macra can be a place for friendships.”
Coffey is very active in the Mid-Kerry branch of Macra. He is the current sports and social officer for the club, a member of the South Kerry Ploughing Championship committee and has previously represented Kerry on the national council for two years.
He is part of a committee that hopes to bring the National Marcra na Feirme Rally to Killarney in 2020.
It is 30 years since County Kerry hosted the national conference, but Coffey is hopeful that the local branch will know by April or May this year if the bid for the October Bank Holiday weekend event next year has been successful.
“1990 is a long time ago and it is long overdue,” he added. “The Kerry branch is in a strong place now, we have the numbers of people to get it off the ground. It would be great for the county if our bid is successful.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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