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Transition Year students plant 2,000 bulbs

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By Michelle Crean

It was no small project planting 2,000 bulbs but that's exactly what dedicated students did this week to help with the town's biodiversity plans.

AWARNESS: Jason Higgins John Fuller and John Ivory from Killarney Lions Club planting bulbs with students from St. Brigid’s Presentation

Transition Years from Killarney’s three secondary schools St Brigid’s, Killarney Community College and St Brendan’s College, planted the bulbs in a joint initiative with Killarney Lions Club supported by Kerry County Council in Maurice O’Donoghue Park near the River Flesk just outside town.

The project is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of biodiversity, and encouraging everyone to think about how they could contribute to Killarney’s world-famous natural heritage. It is the third time that Killarney Lions Club and Kerry County Council have collaborated on an environmental project in the Killarney area.

“We know how much work our local schools are putting in to raise environmental awareness and saw a good opportunity to work with them and take action in a way that benefits everyone in the community," President of Killarney Lions Club, Denis Doolan, said.

"It was also great to work with Kerry County Council again, whose support has been fantastic, and we are all looking forward to seeing the results of our efforts in spring.”

Matthew Farrell, Killarney Municipal District Officer at Kerry County Council, added “the value of this project goes well beyond the planting of 2,000 bulbs, which will really enhance the visual appeal of the town, but adds to the biodiversity and environmental efforts of Kerry County Council and other stakeholders across Killarney and the county".

"Well done to all involved, especially the students, for taking on this work for the benefit of all.”

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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