10/04/15

10/04/2014 : NPWS advises public to stay away from Old Kenmare Road due to large fire at Killarney National Park

Friday, April 10th 2015—The National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is advising members of the public to stay away from the Old Kenmare Road area of Killarney National Park, between Kenmare and Killarney, where fire-fighters are currently battling a large fire.

A request has been made to the Air Corps to help fire-fighters in their attempts to extinguish the blaze, which is believed to be one of the largest to ever take hold inside the National Park.

The public are advised to stay away from the Old Kenmare Road area of Killarney National Park, between Kenmare and Killarney, which is part of the ‘Kerry Way’ walking route.  This is both for their own safety and also to ensure that they do not impede the work of the emergency services.

Speaking this afternoon, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Minister Heather Humphreys said:

“I am informed that every effort is being made by the emergency services to get the fire at Killarney National Park under control.

“My Department is monitoring developments closely and our staff on the ground are liaising directly with the fire services who are dealing with the situation.

“I would ask members of the public to adhere to the advice to avoid the Old Kenmare Road area of the Park, between Kenmare and Killarney.”

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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