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“The bottles left there are unsightly” – Green Party Representative

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A Green Party Representative for Killarney has said that the glass recycling Bring Banks which became full over weekend are "unsightly and dangerous if broken".

Diarmaid Griffin said that on Saturday last he dropped off a few glass bottles and jars at the Beech Road Bring Bank but that the clear glass receptacle was very close to full but managed to just about fit his containers in for recycling.

"On Sunday evening I took the attached photo whereby the brown and clear glass receptacles were full and the glass jars and bottles were placed in front of the bins,' he said.

"This is not a good situation for our town as the bottles left there are unsightly and dangerous if broken.
I would understand if the Bring Banks had filled up in one day but this was not the case as they were close to full on Saturday. Surely they can be emptied on Fridays in anticipation of a busy weekend?

"I looked at the Kerry County Council website for guidance and it stipulated that if the bins are full, the public should not deposit them beside the bin. This is practical in my opinion as people cannot drop glass in their recycling bins or landfill and they may have travelled many miles to the bring bank in the first place. I called the environmental hotline to report the full bring-bank but I got an automated answering machine and could only leave a message.

"Surely our local authority could be more proactive regarding this and should be encouraging recycling at every turn," he said.

"Thankfully there are plans to set up a deposit scheme for containers as part of the Green Party Circular Economy Bill, but in the meantime our local authority has to step up to the plate."

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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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