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Thousands of volunteers take part in 11th annual County Clean-Up

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The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr John Francis Flynn has thanked the 3,500 volunteers who took part in the County Clean-Up across Kerry on Saturday.

Cillian Coleman pictured collecting bags on the County Bounds during the annual County Clean-Up Day on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Nora Batty' (left) and her sister 'Sheila Batty' leading out the annual County Clean-Up Day Kerry’s biggest annual mobilisation of community groups Tidy Towns committees sporting organisations individual residents and families across the county. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Sean Murphy and his son Luke Murphy of KWD Recycling taking part in the annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Conchubhair Ó Luasa (left) and Luke O'Liathain from Baile Mhuire taking part in the annual County Clean-Up Day organised by Kerry County Council and facilitated by KWD Recycling. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Pádraig O'Donoghue Breda Daly and Peg Coffey from Muckross taking part in the annual County Clean-Up Day organised by Kerry County Council and facilitated by KWD Recycling. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Anna Papa Murphy taking part in the annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Dr Patricia Mangan and John Healy on the Kenmare Road taking part in the annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Kerry County Clean-up ambassador Colm Cooper leading out the annual County Clean-Up Day with Jack O'Connor (left) Paul Neary (Acting Director of Services at Kerry County Council) and Paulette O'Shea. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

‘Nora Batty’ (left) and her sister 'Sheila Batty' leading out the annual County Clean-Up Day with Jack O'Connor (left) Paul Neary (Acting Director of Services at Kerry County Council) and Paulette O'Shea. The County Clean-Up-Day now in its 11th year is organised by Kerry County Council and facilitated by KWD Recycling. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

BREAK FOR THE BORDER: At the County Bounds the competition between Jack Lynch (left) from Cork and Kevin Foran from Kerry was tense at the County Clean-Up Day on Saturday. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Noel O'Reilly (KWD Recycling) and crew taking part in the annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Catherine McGuire and Roan Daly taking part in the annual County Clean-Up Day. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Thousands of bags of litter were collected from the roadsides and towns and villages during the annual clean-up which was organised by KWD Recycling and Kerry County Council.

"This was another fantastic turnout for the County Clean-Up and shows how civic-minded many of our citizens are when it comes to keeping the county neat and tidy. Despite the rain showers, people of all ages rolled up their sleeves and got involved from early morning," Cllr Flynn said.

"It would be great to harness the involvement of members of the public on Saturday by getting more people to sign up with their local Tidy Towns group or start a group in their own area and to get people out and about collecting litter more often."

Cllr Flynn thanked KWD Recycling and their team for helping to distribute gloves and bags ahead of the clean-up and for arranging to dispose of the bags of rubbish collected.

Noel O’Reilly of KWD Recycling said they were delighted with the turnout and the positive attitude of all the participants. He thanked and congratulated local volunteer groups for their involvement.

336 bags of rubbish was collected.

Molls Gap to Muckross - 62 bags
Cleeney Roundabout to Farranfore - 51 bags
Kerry Airport to Castleisland - 33 bags
Ballydowney to Halfway to Killorglin - 55 bags
Golden Nugget/Miltown Road/Aghadoe -35 bags
County Bounds to Ballyvourney - 100 bags

"Thank you, to all the fantastic volunteers that helped with the KWD County Wide Clean up on Saturday," Bridget O’Keeffe, Senior Executive with Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, said.

"Overall, this was a great effort."

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Seven An Post staff retire

Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week. The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were […]

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Seven well-known staff members at An Post Killarney celebrated retirement this week.

The staff, Mary O’Sullivan, Joe Clifford, Paudie Cronin, Joe Coffey, Tom Ashe, Jerry McCarthy and Dan Murphy were treated to an night of celebration and reminiscing by the South Kerry branch of the Communication Workers Union of Ireland.

The retirees, their families and colleagues enjoyed an evening at ‘The Panoramic’ the newly named restaurant upstairs at Killarney Racecourse.

Ollie Favier, of the Shire fame has taken over responsibility for operating the coffee shop / restaurant at the racecourse.

“A beautiful venue and apt that Ollie’s father Dan RIP from Glenflesk, was also a long serving postman in the community,” said John O’Shea, the Union Secretary An Post Killarney.

“The night included music with Derry Healy and Rosie Healy and was attended by up to 80 people, under the attentive guidance of Sales and Marketing Manager Emma O’Connor and Ollie’s right hand man, Colin Daly

“The event the food and the atmosphere was a great success and credit to all Ollie’s staff for being great hosts. “

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Watch Video: Primary School Students share knowledge from Coffee Cup Project

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Killarney primary schools have joined the crusade against single use coffee cups this week by joining the Killarney Coffee Cup Project and declaring themselves single use coffee cup free. The Killarney Coffee Project is a community grassroots project aimed at eliminating single use coffee cups from Killarney town centre to protect Killarney National Park and the towns surroundings all in the name of conservation.

Alan Oliver, a local coffee shop owner, Lir Café, who is one of the participants of the project has said that he is “thrilled to see the project extend into the local schools. Teaching young people about why we should be moving away from a throw away culture is imperative to the continuous success of projects like this. Today’s young people are the future custodians of this town and so educating them on the importance of sustainability will ensure that Killarney and its National Park will be in safe hands for future generations.”

The schools involved in declaring themselves single use coffee cup free include Holycross Mercy, Gaelscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery, Glenflesk, Knocknanes, Coolick, Loreto, Lissivigeen and Tiernaboul. This follows on from the Killarney Coffee Cup Primary Schools Initiative which took place last November supported by Killarney Credit Union, the Kerry Biosphere, and the IKC3 project in MTU.

In November the 5th classes in the Killarney area were brought to Muckross School House and Killarney House for a 2-hour immersive environmental education experience around our connection to the Kerry Biosphere and citizen climate action. Here the students learned about our biosphere and how we as citizens and sustainable initiatives like the Killarney Coffee Cup Project can protect this Special Area of Conservation. Finally, they went outside to work with a park ranger, collecting acorns in leftover disposable compostable cups that the project had gathered from various businesses. They took these acorns back to their classrooms where they have planted and are caring for their oak tree. In 2024, these young oak tree seedlings will be planted back into the National Park.

The Killarney Coffee Cup Project is the 1st of its kind in the world, and it is something that belongs to all the citizens of the town. We all own this!

Want to hear from the future voices of our environment?

This week the Killarney Advertiser caught up with primary schoolers who have been busy learning all about protecting our amazing natural environment

Watch our video where the future eco-warriors share what they’ve learned about keeping our Killarney healthy and thriving! Here is to the next generation of environmental stewards!

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