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Rambling roses are great for covering walls

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By Debby Looney



Have you bare walls to cover, an oil tank, or a bank on which nothing will grow? There are climbers for almost every situation, from the stately climbing rose to the wild tumble of clematis Montana.

Climbing roses are an obvious choice for many people, as they seem to flower for a long period, and are colourful. However, apart from careful training and pruning, they need sun, shelter, ventilation and care.

The rambling rose is much more resilient and grateful from early summer right through the autumn, and in some winters they flower away content with any soil and a minimum of shelter. I think the ‘Rambling Rector’ is one of the most beautiful white ramblers available. It has pure white blossoms with bright yellow stamens. ‘American Pillar’ is a favourite pink of mine, and ‘canary bird’s’ is a cute yellow. There is an abundance of varieties in hedgerows, mark them and take hardwood cuttings! Rambling roses are excellent for walls, though they need a lot of support, but are ideal draped over a bank.
Clematis is another favourite, from Montana in the early spring, followed by alpine varieties in March and April, to later varieties such as ‘Nelly Moser’, pink and white striped large flowers, ‘Bijoux’, pale lilac, ‘the President’ intense blue flowers and very hardy, and ‘Princess Diana’ which has pink bell shaped flowers throughout the summer.

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Solanum crispum, or the Chilean potato plant, is an ideal plant to hide oil tanks or grow against a bank. It has long lax stems with semi evergreen leaves. It flowers throughout the summer, with either mauve ‘Glasnevin’, or white flowers. It can be pruned back hard if it gets too unruly, this also encourages more flowers.


Evergreen climbers include reliable ivies, but also climbing hydrangeas. H. petiolaris is usually evergreen here, and H. seemanii is definitely evergreen. Both produce white flowers and like the shade, so northern or western walls suit them. We are all familiar with honeysuckle, but less well-known is the evergreen honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’. Covered in highly scented, pure white blooms, they fade to yellow giving it a two-toned appearance. The foliage is a rich dark green, and it tolerates a fair amount of shade.

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For speed coverage, few plants beat Virginian creeper, also called ‘Boston Ivy’, or Parthenocissus. They go bright red in the autumn, but unfortunately do not flower. It is incredibly fast growing, clinging to the wall itself. It tolerates full shade but for the best autumn colour, a south or East facing wall is preferable. Clematis montana is also a very fast grower, with masses of soft pink or white flowers in the spring. If they are happy, passion flowers or Passiflora caerula, are also fast growers – and evergreen with beautiful flowers. They flower best when the roots are restricted by a path or in a pot, or if there are other plants growing close to it. In our climate a south or south-west facing wall is best as they need at least four hours of sunlight a day to flower well.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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