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€84k approved to develop local sensory garden

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By Sean Moriarty

A new state-of-the-art sensory garden will now be added at the Old Monastery after over €84,000 funding was approved this week.

Service users with Kerry Parents and Friends Association on Port Road will experience the amazing benefits of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound once the new facility is complete.

The Killarney charity will receive €84,292 from the Strengthening Disability Services Fund announced by Minister of State for Disabilities, Anne Rabbitte TD, earlier this week.

Kerry Parents and Friends Association is one of 65 similar organisations across the country to receive a portion of the €1 million once-off fund.

The plants and the materials for sensory gardens are specifically chosen to stimulate the senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. While they are popular with the entire community, they are particularly beneficial to children and adults with disabilities inducing a sense of relaxation and stress reduction and improved physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as an increased awareness of surroundings.

“We are delighted with our successful application for a grant towards a sensory garden at the Old Monastery,” Marie Linehan, Chief Executive of Kerry Parents and Friends Association, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is a very welcome development as this sensory Garden will provide so many benefits to the people we support, more especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kerry Parents and Friends Association is constantly researching and innovating to provide the best possible service to the people we support. We strive to ensure relaxation techniques, peacefulness in daily activities and enjoyment for all and this new development will deliver all that.

“We intend to develop other sensory gardens at our properties around the county also with the help of good people in our local communities. We are grateful for this support and look forward to working on these plans in 2022.”

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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