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190 new parking spaces opened in Killarney

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NEW CAR PARK: Locals, workers and members of Kerry County Council at the official opening of the new Rock Road car park on Wednesday morning. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

By Sean Moriarty

A brand new car park – bringing 190 additional car and bus parking spaces was officially opened on Wednesday – but it remains to be seen if it will improve the serious traffic congestion which has plagued the town for years.

News of the new 1.25 acre car park on Rock Road was cautiously welcomed by some – with many highlighting that the parking was too far outside the town centre.

Concerns have been raised that both locals and tourists will have to travel too far from the car park into the town to access services – while others have praised the new development stating that the additional spaces are a step in the right direction.

On Wednesday, the generosity of the Sisters of Mercy Order in Killarney was praised by town officials during the opening as they donated land to Kerry County Council to allow its construction.

Works by Ml. Lynch Civil Engineering Ltd and Glas Civil Engineering, which began in November, included moving the existing walls back without taking from the traditional look of the stonework.

“This facility would not have come about, of course, but for the generosity of the Mercy Sisters who kindly donated some of their property to facilitate the construction of the car park,” Cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, John Sheahan, said.

“This has been a project which my elected colleagues in the Municipal District have long campaigned for and we are delighted to see it coming to fruition.”

“As elected members, we have been acutely conscious of the need for additional car and bus parking facilities in Killarney.”

 

Angela McAllen, Manager of the Killarney Municipal District, also attended the official opening on Wednesday, as well as members of the Mercy Order.

“As a local authority, Kerry County Council sometimes relies on the generosity of landowners who see the greater good in providing land for developments such as this and we are deeply grateful to the Sisters for accommodating us in this way,” Ms McAllen said. “I understand that the convent has been here since 1857 and it must have been a big decision for the Sisters to forfeit part of their front garden to accommodate this facility, so that is very much appreciated.”

 

 

Municipal District Officer Eileen O’Donoghue added that the Municipal District would like to thank the Mercy Sisters, residents of Rock Road, contractors, and the adjoining organisations for their cooperation during the construction phase.

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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