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Local political groundwork helped secure ETB campus

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By Sean Moriarty

Plans announced this week that the Kerry Education and Training Board will take over the vacant Pretty Polly site and convert it into a third level education centre were first revealed by the Killarney Advertiser in May last year.

Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan

Cllr Maura Healy Rae

Killarney Municipal District officials and senior ETB managers examined the former factory on Friday, May 7, 2021 to assess its suitability as a campus.

The visit came about after local councillors Marie Moloney and Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan used their influence as political members of the ETB’s board of management. Maura Healy-Rae also played a huge role in securing that first visit.

Earlier in 2021, a Killarney Municipal District meeting was told that all interested parties had withdrawn from a tender process regarding the takeover of the former factory.

Moloney, Healy-Rae and O’Callaghan were aware that the ETB was actively looking for a site or a building for a dedicated Killarney campus and that sparked the first interest in the former factory.

Once the project became viable it was taken over by the senior Department of Education and Department of Further and Higher Education.

“During all my time in politics, I feel I have really done something to benefit the whole community,” Moloney told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Our job is to help the people of Killarney and what better benefit is this?”

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The project proposal involves the repurposing of the existing buildings of the former Sara Lee and Pretty Polly factories in Killarney.

The site is approximately 4.94 acres with the existing building's footprint of circa 11,000 square meters, primarily comprised of the original single-storey factory building which was constructed in the late 1960s. It will be at least four years before construction is complete.

“We have been driving it, and I mean driving it, from day one,” Cllr O’Callaghan told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is going to be iconic for Killarney, this is huge news and has the makings of the town. I will make sure that the Polly is high on the agenda for every ETB meeting going forward.”

The site is located just off the N22 National Primary Road offering ease of access from all major road routes into Killarney. The site also provides ample onsite parking with less than 2 kilometres access to the Killarney town centre and bus/rail stations.

“It is an ideal location,” Healy-Rae said. “Without three councillors from Killarney this would never have happened. We pushed that it would be an ideal site. ETB officials were very good too, they made a strong and convincing application. There was a lot of effort in the process and I acknowledge them too.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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