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4th of July parade proved there is more room for pedestrianisation

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THE KILLARNEY ADVERTISER SAYS:

The subject of town centre pedestrianisation is always a hot topic in Killarney.

Many people want to see more of it. An equal amount want to see less of it.

I am firmly in the former camp and believe that the day and night time experience in Killarney town centre would be greatly enhanced if a more European attitude to pedestrianisation was adopted in the town centre.

Last summer Killarney Municipal District experimented with Main St. It was closed off to traffic for the duration of each weekend and it greatly added to the atmosphere in the town centre.

I would like to see more of this, and Monday night’s spectacular 4th of July parade gives us new evidence as to why this is an idea that should be explored further.

Street closures, to facilitate the parade, on Main St and Upper New St, meant, by default, that High St had become an unofficial pedestrian zone.

As I walked up the middle of High St, not long after the parade had finished, I noticed just how many people were roaming freely on a street usually choc-a-bloc with traffic.

Many stopped off at the many bars and shops along the way, it is fair to say that there were more people enjoying Upper High St last Monday than on a typical Monday evening.

There will always be an argument against this move but the pros outweigh the cons. The vast majority of cars on High St are being driven by people who are driving around looking for a parking space. If Upper New St was closed then drivers would have no choice but to divert into the Beech Road car park.

Rock Road car park, a very much underused asset in the town is less than three minutes’ walk from High St.

The advent of the new inner relief road, that will take traffic from New St to Upper High St, will be a godsend – let’s not waste it – let’s use it as an opportunity to increase footfall on upper High St.

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Marie was “lovely, unassuming lady”

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30. Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Marie Murphy of Aughacureen, who died in tragic circumstances on November 30.

Marie was a member of the well known Murphy business family in Killarney – her brother runs KWD Recycling and she was heavily involved in the business.

She was best known for involvement in the local GAA both as a county star and a member of Fossa GAA Club.

She was a third generation Kerry footballer, her grandfather Con and father John all played football for Kerry.

She was extremely proud of her niece Abbie, her brother Seán’s daughter, when she became the fourth generation Murphy to play for Kerry.

Marie played for Kerry in 1976 and re-joined Fossa GAA Club in 2010 when the ladies’ side of the club was re-formed.

She acted as a mentor for current group of ladies.

Back in 2019 when Fossa GAA Club published a book to mark its 50th anniversary she was one of the leading lights on that committee.

This year, when the club held its Night of Legends to raise funds for a new dressing room for the ladies’ club, Marie was one of the guests of honour at the INEC event and was interviewed on the stage in front of a capacity audience.

Only a few weeks ago she was one of the many club members who helped organise the Fossa Golf Classic and acted as official photographer for that event.

“The club is numb with sadness,” said Fossa GAA chairman Dermot Clifford. “She was a loyal member and very proud of the club. Our thoughts are with her family. A lovely, unassuming lady who will be sorely missed.”

Marie will be sadly missed by her brothers Con, Seamus and Seán, sisters-in-law Breda, Gennie and Anna, her nieces Shauna, Amy, Kate and Abigail, nephews John, Jack, Luke, aunties Mairead and Maura, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

She was laid to rest at Old Aghadoe Cemetery on Monday following Requiem Mass at The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa.

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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