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Water rescue service receives funding for additional radios

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By Michelle Crean

The role of volunteers and the emergency personnel for a local water rescue service will become a lot stronger thanks to funding for additional equipment.

Killarney Water Rescue has purchased five additional VFH radios after receiving funding from Kerry County Council via the COVID-19 Community Support Fund.

The new equipment will also allow teams to separate into smaller groups to cover a large area when preforming their own operations or when assisting emergency services, such as Killarney Fire Service during the wildfires in April which devastated the National Park.

"This funding is vital for the club, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as our fundraising efforts have been greatly affected," Michael MacSweeney, PR Officer, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Club History

Killarney Water Rescue was established in 1995 following the disappearance of a local man in the Lakes of Killarney. At the time, there was no water rescue service in the Killarney area, which includes several lakes and waterways.

Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue, who are based in Drogheda, were invited to help with the search for the man alongside many local fishermen. Following his recovery, it was decided to establish Killarney Water Rescue for the purpose of assisting in such searches and bring closure to the families.

Since 1995 the club has grown in strength and skill and is no longer only working in the Killarney area.

"The club has been called out to searches in areas as far away as Armagh and has not restricted itself to freshwater operations as we also conduct searches in the sea and coastal areas," he said.

Killarney Water Rescue is an entirely voluntary based service and operates 24/7, 365 days a year and supports other clubs and services such as Kerry Mountain Rescue, Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue, Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Irish Coast Guard.

"We are also a declared resource of Kerry County Council and An Garda Síochána. We are always looking for new members, no matter how little experience they have and would encourage anyone who may be interested in joining to contact us. Visit www.killarneywaterrescue.ie or find us on Facebook!"

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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