09/04/15

09/04/2015: Minister Humphreys praises Kerry fire-fighters for protecting Killarney National Park

Minister Humphreys praises Kerry fire-fighters for protecting Killarney National Park

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday April 9th 2015) praised fire-fighters in County Kerry who worked through the night to prevent a wildfire from reaching Killarney National Park.

The fire was in an area of over 100 acres at the foot of Mangerton Mountain and has now been extinguished.  The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Speaking today, Minister Humphreys said:

“Killarney National Park attracts over one million visitors every year and is a wonderful asset to our country.   In total, the park covers over 26,000 acres of woodland, lakes and rivers, bog and heath, as well as landscaped parkland and gardens.  Had this wildfire reached the park, it could have had devastating consequences.  I wish to commend the fire-fighters who came from across Kerry to battle this blaze overnight.  Their courageous work ensured that the fire was kept out of Killarney National Park and away from local residents’ homes.” 

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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