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New St hostel up for world eco award

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NOMINATION: The Black Sheep Hostel on New St has been shortlisted for an award by Hostel World in the Extraordinary Sustainable Hostel category. Pictured is Kevin Leahy. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

By Michelle Crean

It may have been their toughest year in business but that hasn’t stopped one local eco friendly hostel from being nominated for a prestigious award. The Black Sheep Hostel, who have been in business just five years with an ethos of protecting the environment, have been shortlisted in the Extraordinary Sustainable Hostel category by Hostel World.

And it’s not the first time they had their hard efforts recognised. In 2018 the business, which is a 19th-century townhouse in New Street, was voted third best hostel in Ireland, followed by Best Hostel in Ireland in 2019. Last year they were listed as one of the top five best hostels in Ireland.

The eco-adventure hostel opened the ‘Coffee Shack’ last May as the hostel business was practically non-existent due to the ongoing pandemic, and owner Kevin Leahy said this new sideline which is supporting the main business is “going from strength to strength”.

They’re up for the award due to their commitment to the environment as all their electricity comes from renewable sources, they have a 30 foot polytunnel in the back garden where they grow their own vegetables and herbs, and their chickens are mainly fed food waste from the hostel kitchen. They also have an organic composting system and they’ve a big focus on buy local where possible.

Compostable takeaway cups and Fair Trade coffee are the norm, and they reuse their coffee grinds in the garden as well as give to customers to take home to their own compost heaps.

“We have a really good recycling policy,” Kevin told the Killarney Advertiser.
“We buy local where we can.”

The HOSCARs judges selected The Black Sheep Hostel as one of the five Extraordinary Sustainable Hostels finalists but now it’s up to the public to help them win. They are up against hostels in England, Namibia, Greece and Kenya.

“Vote to keep Killarney going. Vote for the Irish business,” Kevin added.

To vote for The Black Sheep Hostel go to www.hostelworld.com, then to their blog section and search Extraordinary Sustainable Hostels.

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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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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