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Our only town councillor, Cllr Donal Grady, is calling for parity of esteem between dogs and horses in Killarney. It seems that apart from one or two mavericks among the jarveys, the issue of horse dung has been truly tackled. The paths and park walkways are clean, at least of horse droppings, for cyclists and for parents with buggies and for walkers.

But amidst reports from neighbouring Cork that there is to be a ban on dogs in some town walkways to tackle persistent dog fouling, we have to ask what is wrong in Killarney? Persistent cries are being ignored.

Dog droppings are far more dangerous to human health - bringing all kinds of eye and other diseases - but there is no notice taken of them as far as the authorities in this town, and this includes the National Park, are concerned.

Cllr Donal is saying while there are staffing issues in the park with regard to policing, the local authority has within its remit the ability to appoint a specific dog warden or instruct other officials to take on the issue on the Countess Road, in estates, as well as at  the entrance to the National Park. So why not do that?

Dogs are not being kept in control in Killarney. Even judging by the number of ‘pets’ that go missing on walks and from back gardens. There is one popular social media site that is like a lost and found for Killarney dogs. Some of these pets are dangerous breeds and I would not like to meet one of them.

The underlying story is these so-called pets are being left off the leash and unmuzzled.

Speaking of which, I met a well known Killarney lady near Killarney House ten days ago and the sleeve of her jacket was all ripped after an encounter with an unmuzzled Alsation in the National Park.

There is a large sign near the Demesne, as there is near the new entrance in Muckross, about dangerous breeds needing to be muzzled and all dogs needing to be on the leash. I don’t know whether the dog or the owner is the one who can’t read, but these signs are very visible and very legible.

I constantly encounter dogs off-leash. I constantly meet owners smiling at me angelically, stopped while their dogs do the business by their side and not a pooper scooper in sight.

Now back to Cllr Grady. Horses don’t generally go around biting people and they are too busy working for a living to be bothered any further with humans. But the authorities weren’t long bringing the jarveys to the High Court to get action. Why can’t there be the same approach to out of control dogs and their owners?

All puns intended, Cllr Grady says it’s time to rein the dogs in too.

A reminder from Kerry County Council's own web site:

Under the Control of Dogs Regulations 1998, the following breeds have been identified as being potentially dangerous, therefore, at all times in public places these breeds must be securely muzzled, on a sufficiently strong chain/leash not exceeding 2m in length and in the control of a person over 16 years who is capable of controlling the dog. American Pit Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd (Alsatian), Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler Japanese Akita, Japanese Tosa, to every dog of the type commonly known as a Ban Dog (or Bandog), and to every other strain or cross of every breed or type of dog described in this article.

And under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997, it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul a public place. As the owner or person in charge of the dog you are required under this law to remove dog faeces and dispose of it in a suitable, sanitary manner. Failure to clean up after your dog can lead to “on the spot” fines and/or prosecution. If you wish to report dog fouling as a problem in your area, phone 066 716 2000 or email environ@kerrycoco.ie.

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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