Green efforts by the Blue Pool

Volunteers with Killarney National Park Mountain Meitheal and Muckross Community, Killarney. Photo by Valerie O’Sullivan
Volunteers with Killarney National Park Mountain Meitheal and Muckross Community, Killarney. Photo by Valerie O’Sullivan

Volunteers of Killarney National Park Mountain Meitheal and Muckross Community are never found wanting when it comes to tackling invasive rhododendron as they reached a record turnout on Sunday when 45 volunteers gathered at the Bluepool area of the Park.

Since it was set up six years ago by former Minister Jimmy Deenihan, the Killarney National Park Mountain Meitheal has continued to exceed all expectations in terms of results. So far, 2019 has been a record year with 24 outings having taken place since January 1.

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This is very much a results based project and the huge increase in volunteers is down to people seeing for themselves the benefits of the work. The volunteers work alongside the National Park Rangers, who have been battling invasive species for over 40 years.

"It's fantastic that people give up their Sunday mornings for the restoration of the Bluepool area. We have volunteers from different parts of the county which tells you how much Killarney National Park means to people," said Johnny McGuire.

Volunteers will meet again this Sunday morning at 9am at the Bluepool with Park Ranger, Peter O'Toole. All are welcome.

Kerryman

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