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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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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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