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Potential fire risk due to poor water supply – Council told

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District (KMD) and senior Kerry County Council (KCC) officials were told of a potential fire risk at Knockanes National School as a result of poor water pressure in the area.

A deputation of local residents, representing 90 households and over 20 farms in the Brewsterfield area of Headford, attended an online meeting of KMD on Wednesday.

The deputation, led by Cllr Niall Kelleher, who also lives in the area, raised concerns over the water pressure there.

Despite several different attempts, including a connection from the Barraduff mains, water pressure remains an issue, especially during the dry summer months and the recent heavy frosts.

Leonard Moran, a local resident who is also on the Board of Management of the local school, raised several concerns including hygiene issues and the lack of water pressure at a nearby fire hydrant.

“At busy times, after a break, the kids use the bathroom and the toilet stops working,” Mr Moran told the meeting. “In the event of a fire, have we sufficient water in the place?”

Cllr Grady moved to dispel fire fears, the former Killarney Fire Brigade officer promised to get his fire station colleagues to examine the hydrant.

“It will put people at ease, we will arrange that through Killarney Municipal District,” said O’Grady.

Kerry County Council said it would not be possible for Kerry County Council or Irish Water to include the area in a full water scheme upgrade.

Engineer Colm Mangan said when he crossed-referenced Irish Water’s criteria for a full upgrade the area did not meet the high priority requirements. This is despite the area being on a high priority list 12 years ago when €350,000 was allocated, but that was kicked down the road as a result of the recession some years later.

In the interim, Mr Mangan said he would install a new pump in an area known locally as Dohertys.

“We can put in the pump in the coming months,” he said.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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