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M&S volunteers take on rhododendron challenge in Killarney

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EARLIER this year, Killarney Advertiser turned a spotlight on the scourge of rhododendron in Killarney National Park. It’s an issue that has sparked concern and breast-beating for decades. Of course, action speaks louder than words and it was refreshing to see a group of colleagues from Marks & Spencer, Killarney, join forces to try to help address the problem as part of a workplace initiative.

These volunteers donned their overalls and headed for Killarney National Park as part of the store’s Make it Matter plan, which aims to support communities across Ireland and the UK and help people live happier, healthier lives.

The M&S Killarney team signed up for the Mountain Meitheal, which undertakes projects to protect and conserve mountain and forest areas in Ireland. To begin, four different M&S Killarney staff members over the course of a week volunteered their time to remove rhododendron pods encroaching on other native plants thus killing flowers, helping to maintain sites throughout Killarney National Park.

Tim Cahalane, Rhododendron Eradication Programme Manager at Killarney National Park, said: “Killarney National Park runs a year-round conservation maintenance programme preventing the highly invasive rhododendron ponticum from becoming re-established on important woodland and moorland habitats. Volunteers play a vital role in this project and we would like to thank the staff from Marks & Spencer for choosing to pledge their volunteer hours to this important task.”

In addition to this, over 10 staff from M&S Killarney dedicated their time to paint and redecorate Fossa Community Centre, turning it into what Eileen Lucey of the centre described as “a sanctuary for local people to enjoy”.

Paul Daly, Store Manager at M&S Killarney, said: “We believe that lots of the small actions from lots of people can collectively have a huge impact on a community. Our park is our national heritage and we are committed to ensuring its standards remain high. We’re also delighted to help the community centre and brighten up a space that is used by many local people.”
 


 
Above: Mairead Buckley, Laura Coffey, Aine McCarthy and Claire Looney.

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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