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Special conference on Rhododendron management

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South Kerry Development Partnership will host a special conference on “How and Why to manage Rhododendron at the Brehon Hotel on November 5.

Speakers at the conference include Malcolm Noonan T.D., Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Dr. Therese Higgins from Munster Technology University, Patricia Deane from The MacGillycuddy Reeks EIP Project, local farmers and NPWS staff.

The invasive plant species has caused no end of problems in Killarney National Park and surrounding areas.

The one-day event is about sharing knowledge and practical advice on the management of Rhododendron in the locality.

“Rhododendron ponticum is an excellent example of a non-native invasive species, which free from the factors that limit it in its native lands, has thrived at the expense of our own native habitats and species,” said Eleanor Turner, the Biosphere Officer with South Kerry Development Partnership.

“Concerns have been raised about the spread of this invasive species throughout the Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and beyond where going unchecked it will have a significant impact on our native biodiversity. Rhododendron ponticum has also been highlighted as a concern in many other parts of Ireland.

“This conference will share learnings from groups already engaged in treating Rhododendron ponticum; to offer best practice and practical advice to encourage landowners, gardeners and community groups to begin tackling the issue in their own local areas.”

Details of the event can be found on: https://kerrybiosphere.ie/news/82-upcoming-conference-in-the-kerry-biosphere-reserve

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite for €15.

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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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