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HELPING OTHERS: Ger Moynihan and Breda O'Shea from South Kerry Development Partnership helping to pack food which will be distributed to those who need it. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

A new food project in Ballydribeen - which is helping people across Killarney town - has seen demand grow substantially in the last few months.

Set up in late June between South Kerry Development Partnership (SKDP) and Marks & Spencer in Killarney, the food project sees parcels of perishible foods delivered to homes all over the town on a daily basis.

An initiative which was instigated by Marks & Spencer, it is run out of the Ballydribeen Community House at 59 Doirin Alainn.

Each evening, food such as frozen meals, fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, buns and other items which are close to reaching their best before date are collected by SKDP and delivered, refrigerated overnight.

It's then packed suitable for the clients needs by staff from the service the following morning and delivered.

Tús Supervisor Ger Moynihan, who is running the project, said that as word has spread more and more are asking for the packages.

"We started the project in late June," he told the Killarney Advertiser. "It has grown since we started it - we have seen an increase in demand over the last few months. It's alarming the amount of people who are in need of it."

Breda O'Shea added that now due to demand for the service they're looking for more businesses to donate food, as well as more volunteers to help pack the food. "We're now, due to demand, looking to expand the service and are looking for more businesses to come on board. We'll make arrangements to collect it. We're also trying to get more volunteers to form a community group or organisation to get involved."

Ger added that by setting up a group "it opens up more opportunities for funding" for the project.

If you would like to get involved particularly if you live in the Ballydribeen area get in touch for an application form. Contact Siobhán at Ballydribeen Community House on 064 6626672 or email officeballydribbeen@gmail.com.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

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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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 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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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 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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