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Safety warnings issued as temperatures expected to soar

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By Michelle Crean

With temperatures set to soar up to 29 degrees in the coming days, sun seekers sizzling in the heat are being urged to be cautious to avoid heat stress, dehydration and severe sunburn.

HEATWAVE: The heatwave may lead to heat stress especially for the more vulnerable of the population.

A Status Yellow High Temperature warning has been issued by Met Éireann for the whole country which could see temperatures potentially reach 30 degrees Celsius over the weekend.

While the county is enjoying the much needed sunshine, many groups are advising caution including limiting their time outside to avoid serious sunburn, the risk of water related incidents, and to keep an eye on the vulnerable in the community, while the National Parks and Wildlife Service is appealing to the public about the risks of fires and the use of BBQs in Killarney National Park.

According to Met Eireann's warning yesterday (Thursday) which kicks in from today (Friday) until Sunday, conditions are set to be very warm or hot today and tomorrow (Saturday) with maximum temperatures generally of 27 to 29 degrees and locally higher. They said it will also be warm overnight with minimum temperatures generally around 15 degrees.

"Members of the public intending to visit National Parks and Nature Reserves are reminded to adhere to regulations regarding the lighting of fires," the NPWS said.

"It is an offence under the Wildlife Act 1976 to light of any fire which causes or is likely to cause the burning of any vegetation within one mile (1.6km) of a woodland or nature reserve, and those doing so may face prosecution. The use of BBQs or open fires is strictly prohibited."

The NPWS also appealed to the public to be conscious of Emergency Service access in local beauty spots.

"Vehicles must not be parked at site entrances or impede emergency vehicle access and may be towed away if causing an obstruction."

Conservation Rangers and other NPWS staff will be monitoring and patrolling the network of sites over the coming days and remain in close liaison with the Gardaí and the Fire Service. Aerial surveillance involving NPWS staff will be monitoring from helicopters at some of the National Parks.

SAFETY APPEAL

Kerry County Council also issued a safety appeal.

"When outside, please use an appropriate sunscreen, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. For those planning to head to the beach with your family over the weekend, please follow the swim safely advice, swim only in areas that are covered by lifeguards, never go out of your depth, never swim alone and never let children swim alone."

As temperatures spike, older people and those with underlying health conditions can be particularly vulnerable at this time, ALONE, the organisation which supports older people to age at home, advised.

“We are reminding older people to take care and exercise caution in the heat," Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said. "Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be very harmful to over 65s. It is important to stay cool, drink plenty of water and to wear sunscreen and a hat. We are used to extreme weather in winter but extreme summer weather can cause serious problems also.”

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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