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New App links the new with the old

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NEW APP: A new innovative App, showcasing the heritage and folklore of the Kerry Way walking route, has been launched by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan at Muckross School House, Killarney. Included are: Mike Morris (Secretary Béaloideas Chiarraí), Séan De Buitléar (COLLOBOR8 South Kerry Development Partnership). Back from left were: Keith Doran (Audio/IT), Frank Hayes (Kerry Group), Johnny O’Connor (Chairman Béaloideas Chiarraí), Moira Murrell (KCC), Noel Spillane (CEO SKDP), MEP Sean Kelly, Kieran Barr (Assistant Principal Officer DEASP) and Gail McCarthy (Assistant Principal Officer DEASP). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

The link between modern technology and the old stories of long ago have been brought together with the launch of an innovative App.

The free App, which showcases the heritage and folklore of the Kerry Way walking route, was launched in Muckross School House, Killarney, by EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan.

Developed by Béaloideas Chiarraí/Kerry Folklore, the App identifies particular points of interests for walkers along the route as well as enabling them listen to local people tell stories of the area down through the years. It’s available in six languages including Irish and covers the whole of the Kerry Way route in nine stages over its 200km route.

Funding for the project was provided through the LEADER programme with match funding from Kerry Group, with the initial App and the first stage of the project being developed with funding through the INTERREG programme, again with support from Kerry Group.

“This App is a wonderful asset for the area and will enable people who visit the region the chance to get a unique sense of place experience,” Commissioner Hogan said.

The App will now help to make people aware of special sites as they pass by them as well as informing them, through the voices of the locals, as to how life was and is in the region, Commissioner Hogan added.

Kerry Folklore Committee Chairman, Johnny O’Connor, thanked all those involved in the development of the App over the last couple of years, especially the funders and the people who provided information and recorded stories for the project including coordinator Una Cosgrave-Hanley.

“Our aim in developing this App was to showcase the rich and diverse heritage and folklore that exists in South Kerry to visitors to the region, particularly the walkers who come in their thousands to experience the Kerry Way,” he said.

 

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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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