IMPROVED AREA: Members of the Killarney National Park Liaison Committee say lots of work has been done at the Blue Pool Wood and it’s looking great. Pictured were: Patricia Hanley (Chair), Liam Kelly and Corry O’Flaherty (Lough Lein Anglers). Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Tremendous clearing work by dedicated volunteers has unveiled one of Killarney’s hidden gems – which had fallen into a state of disrepair.
For weeks Killarney Mountain Meitheal volunteers have been actively bringing the Blue Pool Wood beauty spot back to its former glory, and now members of the Killarney National Park Liaison Committee (KNPLC) are inviting the public to come along and once again enjoy its natural surroundings.
In the past few months there had been complaints about the sad state of the Blue Pool and Cloughereen walks as they had become dense with overgrowth, ropes needed to be repaired and braille bollards for the visually impaired section of the walk had to be removed.
However, members of KNPLC, who are made up of 21 local groups including community groups, conservationists, jarveys, recreation groups and others working alongside the National Parks and Wildlife Service, say although there’s plenty of more work to be done – locals can now once again come out and enjoy the area.
“It’s a hidden gem, few people know about it,” Patricia Hanley, Chair of KNPLC, told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“It’s is underutilised because it had fallen into disrepair.”
However, there’s more work to do including erecting new signage and putting up new bollards with braille for the visually impaired, she added.
“The 21 groups meet monthly and there’s a plan for the national park that we’re working on to bring it back to its former glory for the community to enjoy.”
Killarney Mountain Meitheal volunteers will be out again clearing more sections of the Blue Pool area this Sunday at 9am and Tuesday at 9.30am. All are welcome to come and give an extra hand.
Also, on Tuesday night, Muckross Community Association will hold a public meeting in the community centre at 8pm to hear what the residents have to say about their area. All are invited to attend.