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Muckross House opens a new chapter in its history

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Minister Michael Ring, Rory D'Arcy, back row, Frank Lewis, Trustee, Pat Dawson, Regional Manager, NPWS, Ann Tangney, Head Guide, Muckross House, Cllr Michael Gleeson, Trustee, Trevor Donnelly, NPWS, Bernard Collins, Trustee, Geraldine Rosney, Vice Chair Trustees, Michael Larkin, Trustee, Marcus Treacy, Trustee, Senator Paul Coughlan, Trustee, MEP Sean Kelly, Padruig O'Sullivan, NPWS Ranger Base, Michael O'Shea, Trustee, Adam Larragy, NPWS, and Denis Reidy, Manager Muckross House. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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A NEW era in the running of historic Muckross House, Killarney, has been ushered in with the signing of a fresh agreement for the running of the leading tourist attraction between the State and a local board of trustees.

Rory D’Arcy, chairman of the board of trustees, welcomed what he described as a new development in the partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The partnership has been in operation for more than 50 years.

Michael Ring, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, signed on behalf of the State and Mr D’Arcy signed on behalf of the trustees.

The board of trustees of Muckross House is a voluntary body with charitable status. The trustees share a common interest in the preservation of Muckross House in particular, as well as in the history and folk life of Kerry.

The board works in close cooperation with the Department in the care and upkeep of Muckross House.

At the prompting of the first board of trustees, led by the late Dr Frank Hilliard, Muckross House opened to the public as a folk museum on June 14, 1964. Since then, the board of trustees has been involved in the management of this magnificent House.

This latest agreement, which covers the next five years, continues the successful partnership approach built up by the State and previous boards. Mr D’Arcy said it is a fine example of what can be achieved with the goodwill and endeavour of the community working in conjunction with the State.

“This is a historic day for the Trustees and this agreement further emphasises our commitment to safeguarding the historic fabric of Muckross House for future generations,” he said.
“It is the start of a new era and that commitment is emphasised by the ongoing Capital Works Programme which includes the refurbishment of the windows.”

Minister Ring said: “Looking back, the founding members of the Trustees of Muckross House deserve enormous credit for their foresight and initiative at a time when economic development and the promotion of a quality tourist product in this State was at a very modest level indeed. “With the new agreement that we have signed today, I am confident that a framework for the successful continuation and further development of this partnership is in place.

“This agreement will ensure the management and preservation of Muckross House to the highest standards and the promotion of Muckross House and its ancillary facilities as a State Heritage facility.”

Visitor numbers to the house last year were 129,000, a number which has steadily increased over the last number of years.
 


 
Minister Michael Ring, Rory D'Arcy, back row, Frank Lewis, Trustee, Pat Dawson, Regional Manager, NPWS, Ann Tangney, Head Guide, Muckross House, Cllr Michael Gleeson, Trustee, Trevor Donnelly, NPWS, Bernard Collins, Trustee, Geraldine Rosney, Vice Chair Trustees, Michael Larkin, Trustee, Marcus Treacy, Trustee, Senator Paul Coughlan, Trustee, MEP Sean Kelly, Padruig O'Sullivan, NPWS Ranger Base, Michael O'Shea, Trustee, Adam Larragy, NPWS, and Denis Reidy, Manager Muckross House.
PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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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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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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She was going for a run

A Killarney priest in New York led vigils in memory of Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old teacher who was senselessly murdered in Tullamore, last week. WORDS: Sean Moriarty Photos: Marie Carroll O’Sullivan Fr Brendan Fitzgerald, the pastor of St. Barnabas Church in The Bronx, led the vigil at the Ashling Irish Centre on McClean Avenue.“The gathering, more […]

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A Killarney priest in New York led vigils in memory of Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old teacher who was senselessly murdered in Tullamore, last week.

WORDS: Sean Moriarty Photos: Marie Carroll O’Sullivan

Fr Brendan Fitzgerald, the pastor of St. Barnabas Church in The Bronx, led the vigil at the Ashling Irish Centre on McClean Avenue.
“The gathering, more than 3,100 miles away from the scene of the unimaginable crime, is a small example of the shockwaves that Murphy’s death has sent through the global Irish community,” said the New York-based Irish community on-line news agency IrishCentral.com.

Closer to home hundreds more gathered at Killarney Racecourse on Friday night to pray for the young woman and her family.
Cllr Marie Moloney, the Mayor of Killarney of Killarney led local tributes.

The Killarney vigil was organised by Vera O’Leary of the Kerry Rape Crisis Centre and Lily McMonagle who thanked the public for their support at such short notice.

MAYOR MOLONEY

“At the outset, I wish to convey my sincere and genuine sympathy to the family, friends, work colleagues and pupils of the late Ashling Murphy,” said the Mayor.

“I was with great shock and horror that I learned of the brutal and untimely death of Ashling.

“A young innocent woman who was simply going for a jog in broad daylight. I have attended a vigil and seen the many vigils from all over this country, attend by both women and men, which indicates the abhorrence that all feel about the brutal and cold murder of this young woman and indeed the level of fear that women, in particular, live with.”

Mayor Moloney warned of a greater societal issue where woman cannot feel safe if they are out walking alone – the fact the Miss Murphy was murdered in broad daylight adds to the widespread shock people are feeling.

“It is very easy for people to say that women should not go out on their own, but in real life this is not always possible. Women have to fit things in around their busy lives and it can necessitate walking to work or to catch a bus or train early in the morning or home in the evening, or going for a jog or run when time allows and it is not always feasible that they have someone to accompany them,” she added.
“No woman, nor indeed men, but predominantly women, should have to live in fear, not to have to keep looking over their shoulder every time they are out for a walk or run.”

CHANGE

She called on government action, and change by the courts. Sentencing needs to be strengthened with proper and lengthy confinement for assaults on women and for episodes of Domestic Violence.

“Violence against women must be stopped and I am calling on Government to commit to radical structural reform in the implementation of the 3rd National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV), which is scheduled for publication later this year,” added Mayor Moloney.

“I am also calling for more funding for the Psychiatric services which may alleviate a lot of domestic and public violence.”

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