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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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