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‘My Kerry Biosphere’ calendar launched

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The 'My Kerry Biosphere' calendar for 2022 was launched this week at an event in Killarney House as part of National Heritage Week.

The artwork on the calendar has been created by students from all over Kerry who were invited to connect creatively with the natural heritage of the Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve earlier this year through a calendar art competition.

A total of 257 artworks were submitted with 14 chosen to create the 2022 ‘My Kerry Biosphere’ Calendar.
The Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is located in the centre of Kerry, with Killarney National Park at its core and the MacGillycuddy Reeks and the Paps mountains making up a significant portion of the area included. Biosphere Reserves are about learning how to live in harmony with nature. Connecting to our natural and cultural heritage is a big step in achieving this goal.

“The calendar art competition gives students all over Kerry a chance to engage creatively with the wealth of Biodiversity we are so lucky to have here in Kerry," Eleanor Turner, Biosphere Officer with South Kerry Development Partnership said. "It encourages them to begin exploring how we can support and protect these important species and habitats and how in turn these actions can benefit our community well-being and connection to our local places”, she said.

An art exhibition to showcase entries relating to both the current calendar and the 2022 one also took place in Killarney House as part of the Heritage Week event and the art will again be available to view in Killarney House from September 16 to October 15.

The Kerry Biosphere is also partnered with Leave No Trace Ireland, working together to encourage responsible use of the outdoors.

Maura Kiely, CEO of Leave No Trace Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Kerry Biosphere in the development of this calendar. This calendar is a wonderful way to celebrate local biodiversity and appreciation of the outdoors." She added that they have included some top tips on how we can all enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

This competition is supported by the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme and the Kerry County Council Arts Office. Calendars will be available for sale in the coming weeks, please contact kerrybiosphere@skdp.net with any queries.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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