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Tribute to former Chamber president and Liebherr director

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has paid tribute to the late Klaus Nölke who passed away on Sunday.

A native of Hannover in Germany, he had lived in Killarney since 1968 and was a very dedicated, enterprising and long-serving member of Chamber, serving as its President from 1982 to 1984.

The Chamber expressed its condolences to his wife, Christal, sons Lars and Kjell, daughters-in-law Norma and Yvonne, grandchildren Max, Ben, Lara, Ewan and Katie and his extended family and friends.

Chamber President Niall Kelleher said Klaus, of Sundays Well Apartments, Countess Road and formerly of Crohane, Fossa, played a major role in the industrial, commercial and business life in Killarney through his work as a director with the Liebherr Container Cranes company from 1968 to 2002.

“Everybody realises and appreciates the enormous role Liebherr has played and still plays in the everyday life of Killarney and Klaus Nölke was a central figure in the remarkable progress made by the company down through the years,” the Chamber President said.

“His wonderful vision and his technical and commercial prowess ensured that Liebherr remained at the cutting edge and, in that regard, his contribution to the commercial life of Killarney was enormous,” Mr Kelleher added.

Born in 1939, Klaus was a very enterprising Chamber of Commerce President for a two-year term and he helped establish the Killarney Working Group which led to the setting up of the hugely successful Killarney Looking Good Competition.

A long-time member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Mr Nölke was also the voluntary project leader in the painstaking project to restore the ornate iron railings which surround the Church of the Sloes opposite the town hall in Killarney.

A private funeral will take place in St Mary's Church of Ireland tomorrow (Wednesday) which will be live streamed at 2pm on www.churchservices.tv/killarneystmarysloes followed by burial in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney.

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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