Watching out for security in Glenflesk
Local meeting well attended after spate of burglaries in the Glenflesk area
Superintendent Flor Murphy said it is the Gardaí's intention to have its barracks at Barraduff manned in future once sufficient staff are available to the force.
Gardaí spoke to The Kerryman this week after a meeting in Glenflesk arranged by the Glenflesk Community Awareness group.
The group arranged the meeting as several robberies have taken place in the area in recent weeks. Among the items taken during this period was a collection of seven rare GAA medals won by Kerry footballer Ned Spillane. The medals, dating from 1905 to 1913, have not yet been recovered.
Meanwhile, the situation at Barraduff Garda Station, which is open but has not been manned for a number of years, was just one of many issues raised at the well-attended meeting. On the night, more than 100 people signed up for the local text alert system.
Alongside members of the Community Awareness Group and other local interest groups, there was significant garda representation, with Superintendent Flor Murphy, Crime Prevention Officer Jim Foley, and a number of other gardaí in attendance.
"The purpose of the meeting was not to scare people, but to make sure we are prepared for the future," one local community awareness group member said, adding: "There is good roadway leading into Glenflesk, and that accessibility might have been one factor that led to the burglaries that have happened recently".
"More nearby roadworks are set to happen in future, which would improve access to Glenflesk even further, but we can be prepared, and we will be prepared. The text alert system was set up relatively recently, but after the success of the meeting we've boosted participation in the system hugely.
"More than 100 new members signed on at the meeting, and demand was so strong that we actually ran out of sign-up forms! But more forms are available at local shops, sign-up only costs €10, and we can't emphasise enough how much we want as many people as possible to be involved," the spokesperson added.
Alongside discussion on house alarms, attendees were also encouraged to keep the contact number for Killarney Garda Station, 064-6671160, in their phones should it be needed.