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RECOGNITION: Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, presenting Sergeant Dermot O'Connell, Killarney Garda Station, with his award in recognition of his creation of the ‘Operation Páistí’ safety initiative, at the Kerry County Council Annual Awards, at the Great Southern Killarney. Also included is Moira Murrell, Chief Executive Kerry County Council and Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Michael Gleeson. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

 

By Colm Looney

Killarney teenage hero Ian O’Connell and Sergeant Dermot O’Connell were among the Killarney community leaders who were honoured at the Kerry County Council and Municipal District Awards ceremony on Friday night (February 21).

 

[caption id="attachment_30392" align="alignleft" width="1024"] AWARD WINNERS: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Michael Gleeson with local councillors, presenting, Rena Kennelly, front centre, with her award. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry County Council paid tribute to the town’s top achievers at a gala awards ceremony in the Great Southern Killarney.

[caption id="attachment_30391" align="alignleft" width="1024"] LOCAL HERO: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Michael Gleeson, presenting, Rena Kennelly, Killarney, in recognition of lifetime dedication and creation of St Mary's Cathedral annual Christmas Crib, Killarney, at the Kerry County Council Annual Awards, at the Great Southern Killarney. Also included is, Angela McAllen, Manager Killarney Municipal District and Cllr Donal Grady. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

 

The annual awards were presented to teams, organisations, groups and individuals who had achieved notable success and brought distinction and honour to their communities and their native county.

The awards were presented to the Killarney recipients by Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Cllr Niall Kelleher and Cathaoirleach of Killarney MD Cllr Michael Gleeson. A Civic Reception was also conferred to Killarney teenager Ian O’Connell to honour his courage and positive attitude in the face of adversity, following his severe cycling accident in August 2017, which left him badly injured at the age of 16.

“We pay tribute to those who have pursued their dreams, excelled in their field, led community or voluntary groups, achieved records and new personal bests, and brought glory to their teams on the field of play,” Cathaoirleach Niall Kelleher said.

“Your stories and achievements are truly inspiring and prove again that, in Kerry, our people are our best asset. We thank you for your heroism, dedication and tenacity.”

[caption id="attachment_30390" align="alignleft" width="1024"] MUSIC MAGIC: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Michael Gleeson, presenting Ann Mangan and team from Killarney Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in recognition of their gold winning achievements at Fleadh Cheoil na h-ƒEireann 2019, at the Kerry County Council Annual Awards, at the Great Southern Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

 

 

Sgt Dermot O’Connell was awarded for his creation of the ‘Operation Páistí’ safety initiative which he devised in 2018 to make it easier for parents to understand the safest way to restrain children in cars.

Killarney woman Rena Kennelly’s work on the Nativity Scene in the cathedral was recognised, as she was awarded for the all the hard-work she has put into designing it over the last 46 years.

Killarney Scorchers Cheerleading Club and Killarney Comhaltas Dancers were also awarded for their never-ending ability to display the talents of youths across the town since they were both founded.

 

[caption id="attachment_30389" align="alignleft" width="1024"] LEADERS: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Michael Gleeson, presenting Killarney Scorchers Cheerleading Club: Hayley Murphy and team in recognition of the achievements in the International Cheerleading Championships, at the Kerry County Council Annual Awards, at the Great Southern Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

 

 

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By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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