Connect with us

News

Scaled back 4th of July festival on the cards

Published

on

HOPEFUL: Organisers of the annual 4th of July festival are investigating ways of running a smaller event this year within HSE guidelines. Photo: Dylan Clifford

 

By Sean Moriarty

EXCLUSIVE

Efforts are on-going behind the scenes to run a scaled-back version of the 4th of July festival in Killarney as long as it can be run within HSE guidelines.

The Government announced last week that all major events that attract over 5,000 people were not permissible until September 1 at the earliest as a part of the continued fight against the Coronavirus.

The news forced the hands of several event organisers that were hanging on in the hope that they could get their festivals or events off the ground this summer.

The growing list of cancelled or postponed events now includes Killarney BikeFest, The Rally of the Lakes, and The Ring of Kerry Cycle.

However, the 4th of July festival committee is looking at several options that might allow them to run a smaller event.

Ideas being floated at the moment include running the festival without the parade, an event that attracts large groups of people.

"At the moment, nothing has been decided, but we will be meeting very shortly to discuss the matter,” Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul Sherry, said.

“We will, of course, be guided by best practice advice from the Government and the health authorities and public health and safety will obviously be the main priority.”

The Killarney Advertiser understands that festival organisers are hopeful that the open-air cinema on the grounds of Killarney House could be run within social distancing requirements. Firework displays and flag-raising ceremonies could also go ahead if official approval is granted.

Organisers of the July festival have adopted a wait and see policy and will wait on further Governmental and HSE based guidelines before officially cancelling the event or announcing new details of a scaled-back festival.

A new Government announcement on the partial lifting of restrictions is expected before May 5.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

Published

on

0219206_oper_geraldine_and_orlaith_mackey.JPG

By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

Continue Reading

News

Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

Published

on

0219051_0216837Unknown-11.jpeg

By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

Attachments

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending