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Organisers of this year’s Killarney Mountain Festival have hailed the weekend’s events a huge success.

Now in its second year, the Killarney Mountain Festival, which focuses on adventure and mountaineering, attracted visitors from all over Ireland and the UK.

The festival was opened on Friday night by Minister Brendan Griffin in the Café Du Parc, the event’s headquarters for the weekend.

“The endless hours and months of hard work really paid off and the event was an even bigger success than last year’s,” event chairperson Maureen Hegarty said.

“Basecamp, was a hive of activity, from food vendors, family fun all day, climbing wall, bouncy castles and fairground rides, to inspirational talks by adventurers from near and far. Throughout the weekend, we were treated to life changing stories and lots of fun. Saturday night saw the return of Super Ceili and The Constituents, all the way from Arlington, Virginia.”

200 runners took part in the 10k run on Sunday, which was organised by Hardman events.

A children’s adventure event on Saturday morning hosted over 80 youngsters and they also enjoyed a weekend of arts, crafts,  treasure hunts and virtual walks of Carrantuohill.

Killarney Mountain Festival is inspired by a similar event in Kendal, Cumbria, one of Killarney’s twin towns, she added.

“We visited Kendal Mountain Festival in November and we were thrilled to see that some of the visitors to Kendal also made their way here to Killarney. This is what it is all about. Killarney is twinned with Kendal and this started as a twinning initiative. It was lovely to see a fine representation of guests from Kendal in the audiences over the weekend.

“It is now time to take a breath, before the planning starts all over for 2020. We have a small but very hardworking committee and we could not run the festival without their help and support, as well as the help and support of all our sponsors and patrons.”

 

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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Jesse Buckley’s latest blockbuster showing at Killarney cinemas

  Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas ‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities. Set in a sleepy seaside […]

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Killarney actress Jesse Buckley latest movie is now showing in local cinemas

‘Wicked Little Letters’ is described as raucous comedy full of hilarious profanities.

Set in a sleepy seaside village in 1920s England, the plot centres on two women who fall out after Edith Swan (played by Olivia Colman) accuses Buckley’s character Rose Gooding of sending poison and anonymous letters’ and things get very heated between the two.

The Irish Film Institute says: “ This delightfully foul-mouthed comedy gives free reign to the considerable comedic talents of Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley to uproarious effect.”

Rose Gooding is described as a rambunctious Irish immigrant while Edith Swan , a spinster living with her dictatorial father is their next door neighbour.

“Relations between the pair are frosty at best, and when Edith starts receiving truly foul anonymous letters, accusing the god-fearing woman of all manner of unspeakable degradations, the finger of guilt would appear to point squarely at Rose. The letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues,” adds the Irish Film Institute.

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