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Reduced number of gorse fires in the region

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Fire and Rescue Service is reporting a reduction in the number of gorse fires it has attended in recent weeks.

The months of March and April is the traditional gorse burning season as farmers, sometimes illegally, try to burn off last winter’s foliage and allow for new spring growth.

In recent years these fires have burnt out of control, putting people and lives at risk as firefighters could spend days in the mountains trying to control blazes. Wildlife, especially nesting birds, are badly affected by the fires.

Other causes include carelessly discarded cigarette butts, especially in drier conditions.

The last major gorse fire in the area was at the end of March when two units of Kenmare and one unit from Killarney fire station spent hours tackling an illegal blaze.

However, since that date, Killarney officers are reporting a reduction – by at least a third – in the number of gorse fires they attended compared to the same period last year.

“It is down to a few things,” Station Officer Paudie Mangan told the Killarney Advertiser. “Kerry County Council ran a massive awareness campaign and that seems to be working. There are less people out and about too, and less people in the National Park so less discarded butts.”

He warned people not to become complacent despite the reduction in the number of gorse fires as every incident the fire service has to attend is preventing resources from attending other serious incidents in the area.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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