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‘A matter of life and death’ as Storm Ophelia hits Ireland

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DEFENCE Minister Paul Kehoe has advised people to remain indoors as Storm Ophelia hits Ireland, saying it's "a matter of life and death".

People in Kerry are urged not to travel during the period in which the Status Red weather warning is in place, which is until 3am tomorrow.  

This morning Kerry County Council has informed the public that trees in certain areas are causing obstructions. A tree is blocking the Milltown to Ballyhar road, while a tree at Cahir school near Kenmare has now been cleared

A number of events have been cancelled, including the Killarney Looking Good Awards, which will now instead take place next Monday, October 23, in the Killarney Plaza Hotel.

An Garda Siochána are advising householders and business owners to secure wheelie bins, which are not being collected today.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles should not drive on the roads today during the period of red warning.

Motorcyclists and cyclists should also not use the roads. Train services into and out of Kerry are affected also.

Bus Éireann has cancelled all its services until 2pm today. All schools and colleges across the country are closed.

The HSE has cancelled all hospital outpatient appointments which were due to take place today.

Kerry Local Coordination Group has met to discuss Storm Ophelia and the Code Level Red weather warning for Kerry. The meeting included representatives frm Kerry County Council, the HSE, University Hospital Kerry, Kerry Fire and Rescue and Kerry Civil Defence. The meeting took account of the decisions of the National Emergency Coordination Committee.

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Ireland, Storm Ophelia is expected to cause extensive damage.
 


 
Above: Image: Twitter, Met Eireann

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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