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Killarney House refurbishment complete

2 Oct

Killarney House and Gardens, Killarney National Park. Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

A €10 million refurbishment of Killarney House and Gardens has been completed.
Minister of State and Kerry TD Brendan Griffin marked the occasion by opening a major interpretative exhibition.

The exhibition has over 300 pieces of artwork, sixteen pieces of audio-visual content and 450 images and photos of the house and Killarney National Park.

The restoration of Killarney House and Gardens began in 2011. via Radio Kerry News

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Jarveys banned from Killarney National Park

14 Jul

Jarveys, who operate jaunting cars Co Kerry, have been banned from Killarney National Park following their refusal to use so-called dung-catching devices on their horses. The National Parks and Wildlife Service says the soiling of pathways in the park by the jarveys’ horses is unacceptable.

They have offered to pay for the dung-catching devices, but the jarveys’ claim they are unsafe and dangerous.

45 jarveys have licences from the NPWS to operate 66 horse-drawn jaunting cars in Killarney National Park. They offer tours of Muckross, Torc and Ross Island on 15km of internal roads and paths to almost 1m people who visit the park every year. But the soiling of those roads and pathways by the jarveys’ horses has consistently been a contentious issue and the NPWS has said it is no longer acceptable.

After 18 months of consultations and negotiations, the NPWS closed the jaunting car entrances to the park at 6am this morning. The parks service says the decision was taken as none of the jaunting cars hold a valid permit which requires the use of dung catchers to operate within the park.

They say jarveys will be banned until they sign up to using the dung-catching devices.

Killarney National Park remains open to the public.

via RTÉ News.