Kerry Football Captain Paul Murphy helped launch an event which will see the proceeds go towards the next stage in a fundraising campaign to pursue a High Court action against the granting of 12 monster wind turbines in the Gneeveguilla and Ballydesmond area.
Speaking to the Outlook, Fred O’Sullivan, Chair of the Sliabh Luachra Wind Aware Group said, “These turbines will be higher than the Spire in Dublin and St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney. Some of these turbines will also be less than 500 metres from the homes of local residents and will have a huge effect on health and wellbeing, not to mention decimating the environment.” Sliabh Luachra is a haven for the Hen Harrier and Pearl Water Mussel as well as one of the most important wintering ground for raptors. “We fully support pro green energy, but wind turbines should be located responsibly. “We are doing this for the future generation”, continued Mr O’Sullivan.
The first stage of the fundraising campaign was to raise €12,000 in the space of 10 days to engage a legal team. A GoFundMe page was set up and with huge community support this was achieved within the time scale.
Kerry football star Paul Murphy launched the Sliabh Luachra Wind Aware Group ‘Night at the Dogs’ that will take place at The Kingdom Greyhound
Stadium in Tralee on Saturday 23rd February. Champion greyhound ‘Giovan Astral’ and his owner David Fleming, Gneeveguilla, along with Declan Dowling (Kingdom Greyhound Stadium) joined members of the group for the launch.
Tickets for €10 each are now available for admission to the Night at the Dogs event. The Sliabh Luachra Wind Aware Group also announced extra options which includes transport to Tralee and a meal option. There will also be music and great spot prizes on the night. Sliabh Luachra Wind Aware would like to thank everyone for their support.
Tickets for the event are available from Fred O’Sullivan 0876797474, Shaun O’ Rourke 0872116185 and Fiona Fleming 0873896655