Radio Kerry

58 YEARS OF STORIES ON KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

9 to 11am Saturday Supplement Radio Kerry  30 January 2021

On the Saturday Supplement on Radio Kerry from 9 to 11am next Saturday (30 January 2021) Frank Lewis hears 58 years of stories from Killarney National Park  from Dan Kelliher,  38 years from 1963 Killarney National Park Superintendent,  Padruig O’Sullivan conservation ranger since 1981 and Seamus Hassett in charge since 2018.  Stories of  

  • the ‘all ins’ and high walls
  • commercial fruit and veg growing stopped – without telling head office
  • Park and gardens were over run by fourteen hundred sheep 
  • a day’s deer-stalking cost five pounds .. but you could walk the deer forests from dawn to dusk and not see a deer .. 
  • the uproar at plans to turn Muckross House into a training centre and a hotel 
  • More uproar when rhododendron was first being cleared
  • you could then cut black alder blocking the views .. but not now
  • the special experience of the Park at night
  • A very sick Parliamentary Secretary Henry Kenny’s comment on Killarney, a few weeks before he died, .. “if  Heaven is half as nice I’m quite happy to go” .. 

Join Frank Lewis on the Saturday Supplement on Radio Kerry from 9 to 11am  next Saturday (January 30) with 58 years of stories from Killarney National Park .. all within five kilometers of home.

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