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“We’ll fight wind turbine plans”

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By Michelle Crean

East Kerry locals - in fear for their health and well-being - this week called for an urgent public meeting as plans for wind turbines and a solar farm for their area became known.

A huge gathering turned out in Barradubh Community Field on Tuesday evening where health issues were aired as they became aware that 14 wind turbines 190 metres in height could potentially become part of their landscape.

Although it’s thought that plans for the project are in the very early stages, locals formed the East Kerry Wind Awareness Group (EKWAG) in a bid to oppose it - as they say it’ll not only ruin their beautiful landscape but cause a huge disruption to their lives due to the flicker and sound of the “monstrous” turbines.

In recent weeks, locals became aware of the plans for the project after landowners were approached by Galway consultancy business Land Solutions within MKO who represent the developer. It’s understood that no contracts have yet been signed.

Surveys were also being conducted on the roads in and around the Knocknahoe, Knockyshehane, Raheen, Barraduff and Carrigeen areas, explained local Margaret Campion.

“As far as we know no planning has gone in for the turbines and the solar farm yet,” Margaret told the Killarney Advertiser.
“But we have heard through the neighbours that surveys were being carried out in the area last month including an Environmental Impact Survey in the Raheen area.”

She explained that this area is not open for consideration by the Council and that as a community they’ll fight any plans going forward.

“The developers just want to make money, some people have no scruples. Where I live there’s a lovely walk where I can enjoy peace and quiet. To think that’ll just be ripped up is something altogether. It’s annoying to think people can land in anywhere and see what they can do with it. We don’t know the exact area yet as it’s early stages but whether it’s next to me or not we work as a community and will stick together.”

The Sliabh Luachra Wind Awareness Group (SLWAG), who won their High Court challenge in December for similar plans in their area, say that they will fully support their neighbours.

John McGarry from Land Solutions within MKO declined to make any comment when contacted yesterday (Thursday) by the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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