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THE deluge the day before failed to dampen spirits as thousands filed through the turnstiles at the South Kerry Ploughing Championships and Harvest Show in Fossa recently.

Granted, we stepped out in everything from hiking and biker boots to wellies, but it only added to the sense of occasion.

So established is the event now that one visitor from Killorglin compared it to Ireland’s oldest festival, Puck Fair, and with a glint in his eye added that the only way it could be improved on for him would be through the addition of an onsite bar.

Despite the torrential downpour on Saturday, dozens of volunteers rallied to the cause to ensure the venue at Fleming’s Farm in Fossa, was ready for the influx. “The volunteers drove it over the line and we are so hugely thankful to them,” said Tom Leslie, chairman, Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club, which organises the event.

The big winners on the day, of course, were the four charities to benefit – the Irish Kidney Association, Down Syndrome Kerry, the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and the Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus – and since its inception, the event has now raised in excess of €100,000 for local organisations.

The show was officially opened by Killorglin student Jack Nagle, who made his mark at the Young Scientists Exhibition with his invention of a lifesaving tractor safety lock which has won several awards.

A big attraction this year was that the event incorporated the National Rally of the Irish Vintage Society, and this year’s show also featured a round of the Irish Tractor Pulling Championships which was a great spectacle.

The winner of the most stylish woman was Susan Moriarty-O’Callaghan from Kilcummin who caught the eye of celebrity judges Gavin O’Leary, who was the best dressed man at the Killarney Races in July, entertainer Jack Patrick Healy and gentleman farmer Sean O’Donoghue.
 


 
Above: Ava, Leah, Hugh, Luke and Dairmaid O'Malley enjoying the South Kerry Ploughing Championships and Harvest Show.

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By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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