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Taoiseach helps out at County Clean Up day

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CLEAN UP: An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD speaking to volunteers Mary McGillicuddy, James Daly, Killorglin, Mike Myers, Barleymount and Johnny McGuire, Killarney. Photos: Valerie O’Sullivan

By Michelle Crean

A record 6,000 volunteers took part in the eighth annual Kerry County Clean Up on Saturday including the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Over 22,000 bags and 1,500 high-vis vests were distributed by KWD Recycling to over 330 groups who got stuck in along the county’s roadsides in towns and villages as part of the clean-up on the day.

The countywide community initiative, which is coordinated by KWD Recycling and Kerry County Council, involved Tidy Towns groups, GAA clubs, IFA and ICMSA members and countless community and voluntary organisations.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, met some of the participants involved in the County Clean Up at the viewing point at Aghadoe at approx. 12noon where he greeted members of the County Clean Up Coordination Team.

Johnny McGuire, who is a member of the coordination team, said the day was a huge success – and although they came across no fly tipping – much of the litter collected was single use plastic.

“110 bags of rubbish was collected between the Cleeney Roundabout and the John Mitchels Road and 84 bags on the scenic road from Muckross Hotel to Molls Gap,” Johnny told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The litter we’re picking up is single use, including cans, sweet wrappers, bottles and paper cups.”

He added that the amount of rubbish they’re collecting is on par with last year. And he said it was a boost to the project, which was conceived eight years ago after Killarney won the national Tidy Towns title, to have Taoiseach Leo Varadkar there.

“It gave a great boost to the whole county. He genuinely was very supportive of the effort.”

CLEAN UP: An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, called to Aghadoe, Killarney during the Annual KWD County Clean Up Day, to see first hand Kerry’s biggest annual mobilisations of community groups, Tidy Towns committees, sporting organisations, individual residents and families across the county. 

 

Volunteers from Killarney Tidy Towns, Bernadette Randles, and Emer Corridan.

 

Pictured in Farranfore volunteers: Denis McMahon, Terrence Mulcahy, John Kelliher and Cllr John Sheahan.

 

Bridie Doherty and her brother Mike Doherty, volunteers at Looscanaugh Lake.

 

Volunteers from Killarney along with staff members of Kerry County Council and KWD Recycling, gather at Daly’s for The Annual KWD County Clean-Up Day.

 

Volunteers Mary Lyne, Aileen Murphy, Eileen O’Donoghue and Johnny McGuire, on the main Tralee road collecting rubbish.

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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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