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Adare Bypass announcement is good – but not fantastic news!

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By Sean Moriarty

Politicians were falling over themselves last week when it was announced that An Bord Pleanála formally approved the Adare Bypass.

This is welcome news and has Michael Healy-Rae TD put it: “For far too long access to County Kerry has been stifled both from the N22 via Macroom and the N21 via Adare, with the N22 upgrade almost complete and today’s news in relation to the N21 it will massively increase accessibility to our great county for both tourism activity and further bolstering opportunities of job creation within the county. This is a good day for Kerry.”

But Deputy Healy-Rae, like many more are missing the bigger picture.

When the Adare Bypass is complete, a 35km road will connect the Port of Foynes to the current motorway network near Limerick city.

The most important thing here is that the town of Adare will be by-passed and that will help shave time off any journey to and from Dublin or West Coast.

However, it will land the Adare traffic problem straight into Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale and until these two towns are bypassed nothing will really change.

There are advanced plans to bypass these towns but until they are firm projects any praise for the Adare Bypass is a little premature.

In related news, the much-needed Macroom Bypass could be completed by the end of this year but that has been three years in the making and over 20 in the planning. So when it comes to announcing new bypass projects shovels in the ground and vehicles on the tarmac are the only relative barometers towards progress.

Speaking of bypasses…any word from Kerry County Council on the preferred route corridor for the Farranfore to Killarney stretch?

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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