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Over 30,000 acorns gathered in Killarney National Park

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Over 30,000 acorns were gathered by National Park and Wildlife Service outdoor staff from the ancient Derrycunnihy native oak woodlands and Muckross Gardens, Killarney National Park.

POTTING: James Doherty with his team painstakingly potted or sewed 31375 acorns to be exact mainly Sessile Oak which are native to Ireland. The mammoth task will ensure that our native woodlands will continue for generations and centuries to come. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

FROM TINY ACORNS: Over 30000 acorns were gathered by National Park and Wildlife Service Outdoor Staff from the ancient Derrycunnihy native Oak woodlands and Muckross Gardens Killarney National Park. The work carried out was supervised by Horticulturalist Gerry Murphy (right) and gardener Stephen Moore (1st left). Also pictured were: James Doherty (2nd left) David Fitzgerald Sjoerd Van Wierst Cathal Sexton Brendan Lynch and Luke O'Sullivan. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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HELPING: Sjoerd Van Wierst Brendan Lynch and Luke O'Sullivan helping to pot the acorns Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

PAINSTAKING WORK: The NPWS outdoor staff in this photo include: James Doherty (left) David Fitzgerald and Sjoerd Van Wierst painstakingly potting some of the 31375 acorns. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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The oak woodlands form the most extensive and oldest areas of native woodlands in Ireland and Northern Europe. It has the largest yew woodland, which occurs along the Muckross Peninsula.

The work carried out was supervised by horticulturalist Gerry Murphy and gardener Stephen Moore.

The outdoor staff painstakingly potted, or sewed, 31,375 acorns to be exact, mainly Sessile Oak, which is native to Ireland. The mammoth task will ensure that our native woodlands will continue for generations and centuries to come.

“What we have here is the forest of the future, germination will take place in early spring, and come summer time, the pots will be on benches outdoors for at least two more seasons before being planted out,” Stephen Moore, head gardener, said.

The precious acorns were all collected from registered collection areas of local provenance within Killarney National Park. Other plant species for future gathering will include, Yew, Birch, Holly and Alder.

The outdoor staff working in the National Park on site polytunnel included James Doherty, David Fitzgerald, Sjoerd van Wierst, Luke O’Sullivan, Brendan Lynch and Cathal Sexton. They also seeded English Oak, and Arbutus trees on Muckross Peninsula, one of the few places it grows in Europe. Horticulturist Gerry Murphy explained that they’re encouraging the planting of more native trees in Killarney National Park.

"Going back to the original owners of Muckross Estate, the Herberts of Muckross, they had their own extensive nursery for planting native trees," he said.

"Today the 300-year-old champion oak tree in the landscaped garden is still growing strong. Sometimes nature needs our help from time to time.”

Killarney National Park has over 610 hectares of the most important ancient native oak woodland in Ireland. Oak can live for over 500 years and one of the biggest oaks in Killarney National Park is the Royal Oak on the shores of Lough Leane. The yew woodland on the Muckross Peninsula is one of the three largest natural yew woods in Europe. The centrepiece iconic yew in Muckross Abbey is believed to be over 550-years-old.

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Gleeson Dental now offering facial aesthetics

Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics. It is the latest offering from the town centre practice. Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental […]

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Gleeson Dental, located on St Anthony’s Place, is now offering facial aesthetics.

It is the latest offering from the town centre practice.

Dr Susan Gleeson graduated as a general dental surgeon 27 years ago.

She previously worked in England and Cork before returning home to Killarney in 2009 to take over her father’s dental practice with her sister Katie.

“More recently, I decided to pursue my keen interest in facial aesthetics. Hence, I embarked on an intensive training course,” she told the Killareny Advertiser.
“This mentorship is under the guidance of Dr Sheila Li, a Harley Street based dentist with over 10 years’ experience in facial aesthetics. Every year following an interview process, Sheila takes on six trainees and I was lucky enough to get this amazing training opportunity.”
The course is a year-long process involving in-depth learning and hands-on clinical training days in Dr Sheila’s Harley Street clinic.
The course, also, extends to treatment planning cases with Dr Sheila, thus allowing access to her vast knowledge when planning treatments for Dr Gleeson’s patients.
“Therefore, I am now able to offer a vast array of facial aesthetic treatments at Gleeson Dental. These treatments include the use of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, Botox has a wide range of additional applications, including the treatment of tooth grinding, headaches, gummy smiles, neck bands and excessive underarm sweating,” she added.
Dermal filler treatments are, also, available to treat issues related to volume loss while skin booster treatments such as Sunekos and Profhilo can be used to regenerate and rehydrate tired looking skin.
Facial aesthetics may conjure up images of over-filled expressionless people but Susan hopes to change people’s view of it.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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