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Members of Killarney Fire Station pose with their brand new fire engine in 1984 at the fire station in Old Market Lane off High Street. Back then the firemen were all part time and were alerted to a fire by the sounding of a loud claxton from the top of the town hall. The ‘air raid sounding’ siren made everyone in the town aware of a fire and people would congregate on the footpath to see the fire engine make haste to the scene. There were no mobile phones only bleepers in those days and the firemen downed tools or whatever to make their way  to the station. With sirens blaring the engine would navigate the narrow lane (beside O’Connor’s pub) and make the tight turn up or down High Street depending on the scene of the fire. Our picture shows firemen from left, Pat O’Sullivan, Mossie Kelly, Donal O’Grady, Sub Officer, Don O’Donoghue, Donie McCarthy, Tim Bartlett, Donal Doherty, Billy Doyle, Tommy Doran, Dermie Fogarty, Sub Officer and Gerry Hamilton, Station Officer.     <br />
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