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Words of praise from anti-litter league judges for Killarney

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KILLARNEY was once again presented at its best in 2016, noted judges of the recent Irish Business Against Litter awards. What was notable at many of the sites was the overall presentation of the streetscape – High Street/Main Street and New Road – all were in very good order.

Park Road Commercial Park was deemed "noticeably improved on a previous survey" and Plunkett Street was rated as excellent.

So what more did the judges have to say? Read on....

Countess Grove: Grade B – Much of this residential area was generally in good order but there was an area which definitely had a litter presence – plastic bottles, sweet papers and plastic bags.

Dalton Avenue and Marian Terrace: Grade A – Cleary this is a very well respected and cared for residential area. The overall impression was of a very clean and well-maintained environment.

High Street and Main Street: Grade A – A busy shopping environment which has scored very well, despite heavy usage. There was a virtual absence of litter throughout and the overall impression created here was a very positive one.

Recycle Facility at High Street Car Park: Grade A – A well-presented recycle facility with all aspects of the area surveyed in very good order.

New Road: Grade A – All was in very good order along this road – there was a virtual absence of litter throughout. The overall impression was of a well-maintained environment.

Park Road Commercial Park: Grade A – The surveyor remarked that this area was much improved on IBAL Survey 1, 2016. As noted in previous survey the wire fencing was in poor order but there was no obvious litter.

Plunkett Street: Grade A – This was an excellent site. All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order and there was an absence of litter throughout.

Aldi/Tesco – Deerpark: Grade A – Taken as one site, both Aldi and Tesco have scored very well. Clearly the whole area is very well managed with regard to litter and generally presentation.

Tralee approach road: Grade B – There was a definite litter presence along the road on the approach into Killarney – coffee cups, plastic and glass bottles, cans, fast-food wrappers and sweet papers were all present. Some parts of the shrubbery / grass verges were better maintained than others.

Killarney to Cork connecting road: Grade B – A moderately littered route. On the road out of Killarney it was noted that there was a very large anti-littering sign which is obscured by the overgrown trees/ bushes. There were other “anti-littering” notices along the route. Within the Kerry County Council area the road the top litter grade is certainly achievable.

 


 
Above: Yvonne Quill, chairwoman, Killarney Looking Good/Killarney Tidy Towns,and Kathleen Foley, of Killarney Looking Good/Killarney Tidy Towns receive the scroll from Conor Horgan of IBAL.

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event

By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]

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By Michelle Crean

ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.

On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.

It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.

In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.

ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.

Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.

“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”

ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.

Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.

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