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Red wind warning over but Council advising caution

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Kerry County Council is continuing to monitor Storm Eunice this morning (Friday) and advises that people should remain indoors and not to travel.

The storm battered the country resulting in a tree down and partially blocking N72 Killorglin to Killarney road about 1km from Killorglin.

Other trees down and crews responding include:

- Tiernaboul, Killarney
- Ross Road, Killarney
- Burnham on Dingle-Ventry road
- Aghadoe Heights to Fossa road
- Swinemount, Firies
- Ahabeg, Lixnaw
- Poles down Coad X, Castlecove
- Captain’s Table on N21
- Tiernaboul, Killarney
- Flooding at Prince's Quay, Tralee

The Council is asking members of the public to avoid unnecessary travel and reminds everyone that a Status Orange alert will be in place for Kerry until 11am.

Killarney National Park, Killarney House and Gardens and Muckross House are closed today due to the weather warnings issued by Met Éireann. The Department asks the public for their ongoing cooperation by refraining from visiting these sites for the duration of these storms.

“We expect to reopen most of our Parks tomorrow (Saturday), however, the Department will carry out site inspections today (Friday) to assess any damage prior to final decisions on reopening.”

Thousands of homes remain without power. The extent of power outages around the county is an indication of the severity of the storm and anyone travelling later today is advised to expect fallen trees, branches and debris and other disruptions.

Council crews will mobilise when it is safe to do so and will deal with any issues that arise over the coming hours.

The Council’s emergency phoneline is available at 066 7183588.

Further updates will be provided on the Council’s social media channels.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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