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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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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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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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