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Rotary plants trees to enhance burial ground

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An innovative community initiative has seen 30 young trees planted in the new Killarney Burial Ground to greatly enhance the extensive car parking area adjacent to the final resting place of loved ones.

TAKING A BREAK: Members of the Rotary Club of Killarney pictured with Kerry County Council landscaping staff at Killarney Burial Ground on Wednesday planting trees were: John Shanahan (founding member) John Tarrant and Finbar Kennelly. Photo: Don MacMonagle

THE FIRST TREE: Members of the Rotary Club of Killarney pictured with Kerry County Council landscaping staff at Killarney Burial Ground on Wednesday planting trees. Pictured were: Killarney Rotary President Rayla Tadjimatova Denis Doody John O'Shea and Paul Sherry planting the first tree. Photo: Don MacMonagle

The Rotary Club of Killarney initiative is part of the worldwide organisation’s pledge to support the environment and the local club applied for, and was successful in, obtaining grant funding from the Community Support Scheme from Kerry County Council to fulfil the objective.

The initial contact was established with outgoing Killarney Municipal District Officer Eileen O'Donoghue and the burial ground was chosen as a prime location for the planting as it has been identified as an area that needed attention in the most recent Tidy Towns report.

A comprehensive plan identifying species and planting locations was drawn up by tree expert Cormac Foley while horticulturist and founding member of the Rotary Club of Killarney, John Shanahan, was tasked with sourcing the trees.

A total of 12 Silver Birch (Betula Pendula), 15 Rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia) and three Native Oak were planted at a ceremony on Wednesday while a Weeping Mulberry was selected to occupy pride of place in the meditation area adjacent to the Columbarium wall just inside the main walk of the graveyard.

Killarney Rotary Club members were on hand to assist Kerry County Council foreman Noel O'Leary and Council landscaping staff with the completion of the project.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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