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Storm Desmond batters Kerry

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Code red: Glenflesk farmer Johnny O’Brien heading back to his flooded house after rescuing his sheep and guiding them to higher ground during Storm Desmond. Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan


The first-ever Red Alert for rainfall was issued in the county as Storm Desmond lashed Kerry from Friday to Sunday morning. Killarney Advertiser reports.

Evacuations became commonplace as flooding wreaked havoc throughout Kerry last week. Kenmare and Tralee suffered extensive flooding and the Glenflesk and Loo Bridge areas were rapidly submerged with boats and canoes replacing cars in some areas.

Killarney Water Rescue swung into action to ferry stranded residents ­– including one elderly couple in Glenflesk – to safety. In Killarney, Ballycasheen and Whitebridge were the most seriously stricken areas. Meanwhile the Lake Hotel also faced following water in the hotel grounds and building.

An excess of 70 millimetres of rain fell, with the main Cork to Killarney road impassable.

The chairman of Kerry County Council, Councillor Pat McCarthy, thanked the emergency service providers who were in action all weekend, including the local authority workers, the Fire Service, the Gardaí, the Health Service Executive and the Army.

“We also wish to thank sincerely the very significant contribution made by the Civil Defence, Irish Red Cross and Killarney Inshore Rescue who had over 100 volunteers responding to the emergency and were assisting onsite from Friday afternoon,” said Cllr McCarthy.

Through the collective planned efforts by all of these agencies, almost 10,000 sandbags were distributed to high-risk areas and the risk of injury to life was managed.

“The contribution of the public in heeding the safety advice given by the emergency services is greatly acknowledged, in particular the community spirit and resilience shown in attending to elderly and vulnerable neighbours,” he added.

“In the aftermath of the storm we are presently working on the clean-up and are working with communities to attend to those areas affected and working with residents to assist them as required.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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