Newly-trained firefighter Denis Mangan got a baptism of fire this week when he was confronted with a series of gorse blazes on his first outing with the Killarney Fire Service.
Denis (27) literally found himself in the line of fire on Sunday evening with crews from Killarney and Kenmare tackling a massive gorse inferno affecting an estimated 150 acres of National Park terrain between Dinis Cottage and the Five Mile Bridge on the Kenmare Road.
The public service role of firefighting is in his DNA. His father, Paudie Mangan, is the current Killarney Station Officer, a post that was previously held by his grandfather, Councillor Donal Grady. His two uncles, John and Martin O’Grady, are Killarney firefighters also.
Whatever about the current restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19, Lissivigeen Community Alert Chairm an Pat Kelleher is very busy on the community front as he leads up extra action by the voluntary group to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its almost 300-strong membership.
“A lot of elderly people in Lissivigeen have next of kin but if we can do anything at all to help people generally, we will,” Pat said. “We’re looking at calling to people while observing the social distance.”
The group is also actively researching an online initiative to lift the spirits of socially-isolated people through local entertainment.