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Sheep Dog Trials will be a huge economical boost to Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

 

The Irish National Sheepdog Trials which will take place in Killarney for the very first time this August will be a huge economical boost for the town.

 

Over 150 of the top sheepdogs and their trainers from all over Ireland will compete in the three-day event on August 6 to 8 at Killalee, Fossa.

The event is being organised by a local committee within the Irish National Sheepdog Trial 2020 overall committee and they have conducted a feasibility study and secured lands owned by Liebherr Container Cranes near the landmark factory in Fossa.

The sport is growing both nationally and locally.

Last year, 16-year-old Tara Foley competed in the well-known BBC programme ‘One Man and his Dog’ and won the Young Handlers competition for Ireland.

Local branch Chairman Tom O’Sullivan will represent Ireland at the World Championship in York, England later this year and fellow Kerry-based sheepdog handlers, John Cremin and Milo O’Brien, have competed for Ireland over the years.

Winners of the Killarney event will form the 15-person team that will represent Ireland at the International Sheepdog Trials in Aberystwyth, Wales later this year.

“We are proud to be bringing this event to the large sheep and farming community in Kerry,” Tom O’Sullivan said. “Everyone loves watching the sheepdogs work at sheepdog trials and an event of this nature will be a huge economical boost to the Fossa and Killarney area and indeed Kerry generally.”

Tom is calling on local businesses to support the August event. Organisers have considerable outlay both ahead and during the event including traffic management plans, on-site catering and other related costs.

Kerry Group has already been confirmed as the main sponsor with additional support from Killarney-based hotels and Liebherr.

 

 

 

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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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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