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At Killarney Garda Station for the unveiling of the Purple Flag were from left, Paul O'Neill, Chairperson of Purple Flag Killarney Working Group, John Anthony O'Sullivan, Sergeant Ken O'Sullivan, Eileen O'Connor, Tim O'Donoghue, Assumpta Sweeney, David Fitzgerald and Sergeant Dermot O'Connell. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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KILLARNEY GARDA STATION has become the first station in Ireland to fly the coveted Purple Flag.
The flag is international recognition of towns and cities that are safe and appealing to visitors after dark.
The flag was hoisted at the garda station during the week and it is hoped the town will retain the prestigious award this year.
The Purple Flag is the international gold standard for night-time management of the economy and a safe and friendly environment from 5pm to 5am.
“Like the Blue Flag for beaches, places that meet the standard can fly the flag,” said Paul O’Neill, chairperson of Killarney’s Purple Flag Committee.
“It recognises excellence in the management of the evening and night-time economy and a safe and friendly environment in which to live, socialise and work.”
Supt Flor Murphy said the award was a recognition of the commitment there was to safety and the sense of security in one of the country’s busiest tourist destinations.
Killarney achieved the award in 2014 and is now going for three in a row. “In 2016, Purple Flag assessors will again visit Killarney to conduct a full renewal assessment,” said Paul.
Killarney’s Purple Flag working group is led by the Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce which will be working with the Killarney Municipal District as well as the Gardaí and local businesses, groups and schools to ensure the accolade is retrained in Killarney. “It is vitally important that Killarney retains its Purple Flag because the symbol is becoming widely known in the tourism industry as a major international brand,” said Paul.
The award is presented by a team of international assessors. A record number of 10 cities and towns in the Republic of Ireland received the award last year.

 


 

Paul O'Neill, chairperson of Purple Flag Killarney Working Group, John Anthony O'Sullivan, Sergeant Ken O'Sullivan, Eileen O'Connor, Tim O'Donoghue, Assumpta Sweeney, David Fitzgerald and Sergeant Dermot O'Connell. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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