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New date for ‘Walking for Nathan – Darkness into Light’

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By Sean Moriarty

 

The national suicide and mental health charity, Pieta House, will run its series of Darkness into Light walks in October after postponing its initial events due to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

The morning walk, which was due to take place in the early hours of May 9 will now, provisionally, be held on October 3, but this date is subject change too due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

The Killarney version of Darkness into Light, locally called 'Walking For Nathan', commemorates Nathan O’Carroll who was only 14 when he died on December 16, 2007.

However, his memory lives on as thousands descend on Killarney every year for the walk.

The Killarney walk was the first one of its kind to be held outside Dublin and now there are over 200 such walks in 25 countries.

One of the first overseas walks to get off the ground was in London in 2014, it was initially organised by the Kerry Association London but as it grew in size it became a separate event.

One of the founders, Tara Cronin, originally from Aghadoe, remains as the chair of the London organising committee.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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