• June 13, 2017

The Sliabh Luachra area on the borders of Counties Kerry and Cork which is a heartland for Gaelic music and literature is at the centre of a planning fight over a proposed wind farm which will utilise huge wind turbines.
‘The Sliabh Luachra Wind Awareness Group’ is holding meetings in family homes and local halls, and distributing letters warning about what exactly is planned..
A spokesman says:
“They would be the among the highest wind turbines in the country.”
So far, Kerry County Council has received 50 formal objections and a group objection of 180 signatures.
Resident Shaun O’Rourke, whose home is 500m from a proposed turbine, said:
“The go-ahead of these turbines would have a catastrophic environmental impact on the area as it is a haven for wildlife and there are four endangered birds nesting in the area. Soil excavation from the work would encourage Japanese knotweed to grow profusely and there would be huge damage to flora, fauna, and fish.
“In fact, our whole way of life is threatened.”
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The Sliabh Luachra area was made famous during the Irish music revival over fifty year ago by the music of Padraig O’Keefe, Julia Clifford and Dennis Murphy who epitomised the distinctive Irish music tradition of the area.
Rare Padraig O’Keefe video:
Image: Padraig O’Keefe
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch
Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.

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