South Kerry Development Partnership in conjunction with the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum is delighted to announce the recruitment of Gerald McEnery as its new Development Officer. Gerald will help roll out many of the objectives contained in the MacGillycuddy Reeks Strategic Plan 2019-2023 including building awareness of the integral value of the Reeks amongst visitors, facilitating the development and fundraising efforts for the Forum to continue with necessary path restoration works to prevent further erosion and building alliances with other Upland areas in Ireland.
The forum which represents the interests of the local farmers, landowners, businesses, communities, guides and recreational users of Ireland’s largest mountain range was established under an initiative of Comhairle na Tuaithe, the Countryside Council back in mid-2014 and has been working tirelessly since then to protect, manage and sustainably develop this unique landscape.
Gerald brings to the Reeks Forum 7 years’ experience in countryside management as a Countryside Ranger and Field tutor in the United Kingdom, where he undertook works to enhance the existing habitats, improve biodiversity and protect the nationally designated wetland areas.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Forum, Communities surrounding the MacGillycuddy Reeks, as well as government departments such as the Department of Rural & Community Development who are funding this position. Being from Killarney I have spent many years enjoying and exploring these mountains and having the opportunity to give back and help preserve them is amazing”
Gerald looks forward to liaising with local landowners and organisations in helping to promote the safe and responsible use of the MacGillycuddy Reeks so that these important habitats can continue to be enjoyed by all.
Trisha Deane, former Rural Recreation Officer and Forum co-ordinator with South Kerry Development Partnership says she “is delighted the MacGillycuddy Reeks Forum is finally getting the support it requires to make a real positive impact as huge challenges need to be overcome, and this cannot be done without the required resources and support from all parties.”