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Sustainable spirit at Eats + Beats Festival

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This summer, Eats + Beats is taking inspiration from the well-known coffee cup project and is aiming to be one of the most sustainable festivals in Ireland.

The not-for-profit music, food and arts event is organised by the Killarney Folk Collective and backed by local business man and adventure runner Kevin Leahy.

Kevin is also the owner of The Black Sheep, an eco-friendly Killarney hostel that is already leading the way in sustainable hospitality practices.

The Killarney man has always been passionate about sustainability and has implemented a series of initiatives at his own establishment over the years which have greatly reduced his hospitality business impact on the local environment.

This year’s festival is set for Dunloe over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The festival location, which was a greenfield site has now been transformed into a rewilding project. Trees planted as part of a European Union reforestation initiative will provide a rewilding backdrop like no other. The festival grounds are surrounded by the beautiful Macgillycuddy's Reeks. 
“We want to put on a festival that is kind to the planet. We have tried to identify as many areas as we can that will negate our impact on the environment. Food is a big part of what we do at Eats + Beats and so all food containers at the festival will be 100% biodegradable. Much of our festival decor will be made up of pre-used materials that will be given a new lease on life, transformed into vibrant decorations that add a unique touch to the festival experience. Reusable beer cups will also be used, eliminating the need for single-use items, and because our festival is out of town, we will have a shuttle bus from Killarney, reducing the amount of car journeys,” said Leahy.

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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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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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