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Tidy Towns urge public to clean up Killarney’s streets

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CLEANING UP: Paul Purcell, Tom O'Connor, Mike Doherty, Micheal O'Donoghue and Stanley Wade from the Killarney Tidy Towns Meitheal group at Pike Hill, Killarney. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

Tidy Towns judges are on their way and will inspect every aspect of the town – and this week the local volunteers are making a passionate plea for everyone to help clean-up.

Businesses, resident’s associations and the community are being asked to work together to rid the town of cigarette butts, which they say are a scourge on the streets, as well as litter and weeds.

Last year the town received 334 points and a gold medal in the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition and locals are now hoping for a better result this year.

However, in order to achieve this, they need the public’s help.

Johnny McGuire, PRO with Killarney Tidy Towns says a lot of work is being done locally but more could be achieved such as cleaning up outside business premises, picking up cigarette butts and litter in the town.

“We’re near judging season for Tidy Towns,” he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“We’re calling on all businesses to make certain the exterior of their premises is looking presentable for the next few months by keeping it weed and litter free.”

Every Monday and Wednesday volunteers are out in force cleaning up different areas of the town, he added.

Their next meet-up takes place this Monday evening at 6.30pm at Corcorans Furniture to finish grass edges, to paint 'black and amber' on the roundabout and paint signage poles in the general area, and more volunteers are welcome.

Johnny added that recently they’ve had great help from Marks and Spencer staff who volunteered to help the Tidy Towns effort by painting the bridge entrance to the playground in Deenagh.

“Four Marks and Spenser staff spent two days working on that area painting the timber bridge and seats, as part of their Corporate Social Strategy. The power hosing was done by Frank Culloty from Kerry Drains. Lunch was provided by the Ross Hotel and Cronin’s Restaurant in College St.”

 

[caption id="attachment_26987" align="aligncenter" width="471"] ROAD SWEEPER: Johnny Hickey from the Killarney Tidy Towns Meitheal group sweeping and cleaning the footpath at Pike Hill, Killarney. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26984" align="aligncenter" width="363"] FENCING: Billy Daly from the Killarney Tidy Towns Meitheal group painting a railing at Pike Hill, Killarney. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26980" align="aligncenter" width="650"] DON'T FORGET YOUR SHOVEL: Terence Mulcahy from the Killarney Tidy Towns Meitheal group at Pike Hill, Killarney, on Monday evening. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_26978" align="aligncenter" width="651"] CLEANING UP: Paul Purcell, Tom O'Connor, Mike Doherty, Micheal O'Donoghue and Stanley Wade from the Killarney Tidy Towns Meitheal group at Pike Hill, Killarney. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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