Paschal retires from the waters and the wild

They say that if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life because it will all be a labour of love. And that more or less sums up Paschal Dower’s 40-year career as a Park Ranger covering Killarney National Park, West Kerry and parts of Iveragh.

“It’s a great career, in fairness,” he said. “When you think back on the things we did, we had great times.”

Of all the beautiful landscapes in which Paschal supervised bird and animal wildlife, he holds the greatest grá of all for the Blasket Islands.

Islamic community prays together while apart

Killarney’s members of the Islamic religion are experiencing similar difficulties to other faiths who are missing out on their regular prayer sessions together as spiritual congregations because of the coronavirus restrictions. Now, they pray at home with family members.

“Yes, our community is finding it very difficult as this is something we have never experienced,” Imam Mohammed Saeed said. “We are trying our best to accept it as it is something which we have no control over but we are still missing out, especially because it’s Ramadan, a month of spiritual upliftment, which is one of the most important months of the year for Muslims.”

“We are missing out on daily prayers, and night prayer of Ramadan, which lasts an hour and which holds great significance for Muslims in Ramadan,” the Imam said.