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Six rescued from snowy Carrantouhil trek

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By Sean Moriarty

Six adventurers who wanted to reach Carrantouhil's snowy summit spent hours stranded yesterday (Wednesday) after making a navigational error.

26 volunteer members of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were called out at 4.15pm to come to their aid and finished at approximately 1.30am. It was their first major callout of the year.

The climbers - made up of two separate groups - ascended the popular mountain after a Met Éireann Yellow weather alert was issued warning of the presence of heavy snow on the MacGillycuddy's Reeks.

The first two-person group made it to the top and on their way down met the second group of four.

All six decided to descend together, via the south-west face of the Bone on Maolán Buí, an area to the east of the Zig Zags - a well-travelled descent route - when they made a navigational error and attempted to go down an unrecognised route.

The six became cragfast 150m from the gully and raised the alarm around 4.15pm.

“Conditions on the hill were very poor, rendering any approach to the casualties from the bottom of the gully dangerous. The team instead climbed up to a point near the top of the Bone above the gully, where a belay system was set up,” Colm Burke from the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team said.

A number of team members abseiled 200m from the belay point down to the casualties and secured them to haul lines that were used to bring them all safely to the top of the ridge. Once at the top, the casualties were short-roped down off the Bone to awaiting Landrovers in the Hags Glen.

“Apart from being very cold and fatigued, thankfully none of the casualties were injured and the rescue successfully concluded at approximately 1.30am.”

The team confirmed the six hillwalkers were well equipped and wore the correct clothing for a winter summit attempt of Ireland's highest mountain.

Two experienced hill runners dressed in shorts and t-shirts with head torches passed the rescue operation on their way to the top and later made it down safely.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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