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New signage for Kilcummin Bog Walks

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By Michelle Crean

The Kilcummin Bog Walks got a facelift recently when new signage was erected throughout the walks as well as in the village and on the road L3009.

NEW SIGNS: Mick Daly and Neil McCarthy from the local CE Scheme erecting the new signage on the Kilcummin Bog Walks.

STUNNING: A stunning view of the McGillycuddy Reeks from the Kilcummin Bog Walks.

This is all down to Kerry County Council who, through the COVID Emergency Funding, provided the necessary funds to carry out this work. Further funding is also available from them to carry out some road improvements in the near future.

"Kilcummin Rural Development would like to thank Kerry County Council for this funding as well as the Department of Social Protection who provide the maintenance personnel under the local Community Employment Scheme," John Moriarty, Supervisor of the Community Employment Scheme, said.

"We would very much appreciate if the following was observed by all users of the walk; keep your dog(s) on a lead when you come in contact with fellow walkers or wildlife. As this is the breeding season for our wildlife, dogs off the lead and left roam on the bog can do immense harm to nesting birds, hares etc. Bring your rubbish home with you and help keep this environment clean. Respect the local landowners’ property. This is a beautiful amenity in our parish, and we should all strive to make it a clean, safe and friendly place to enjoy."

For anyone wishing to avail of the walks, brochures are available at the Rural Development Office and the Post Office and online on the Kilcummin Rural Development Facebook page."

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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