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Vet urges farmers and dog owners to work together

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DOG DEATHS: Vet Danny O'Sullivan from All Care Veterinary Hospital, pictured with Aine Considine, says three dogs have died in the Killarney area due to poisoning. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney vet is calling on farmers and dog owners to work together and fully understand each other’s needs during the current lambing season - after a recent state of dog deaths.

Danny O’Sullivan, who owns the All Care Veterinary Hospital on Park Road, is making the call following the death of three pet dogs - two of which were in the Fossa area in recent weeks.

Farmers use a legally obtainable drug called Nitroxynil, commonly used for treating fluke in cattle, to poison lands where newborn lambs are grazing with their ewes.

They do this by lacing a carcass of a dead animal with the drug in an effort to keep wild foxes away from their flocks.

However, domestic dogs often eat from the carcass too and results in a painful death for much-loved family pets, he explained.

“Farmers often get bad press, but they are working with animals every day and have a degree of empathy towards domestic animal owners,” Danny said. “Dog owners must keep their dogs on leads at all times too.”

He explained that the drug is available to farmers to treat fluke but questioned the legality of using it for land-poisoning purposes. He added the wild animals, like foxes, could eat the carcass and later die as a result, where other wild animals could in turn eat that carcass further spreading the poison.

“There are two sides to this,” he added. “Dogs will hunt if given the chance, it is in their nature. Sheep will become stressed if they are chased by dogs and often the mother won’t even know her own lamb. That is why the farmers do it. I am not sure if using Nitroxynil this way is the right thing as it spreads via wild animals. I am calling on dog owners to take responsibility and keep dogs on a lead or within their own property, but also ask farmers to re-consider their way of doing things.”

 

 

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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