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Additional works approved for Beaufort Water Main

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Irish Water has approved the replacement of an additional 2.3kms of critical water mains in the mid Kerry supply scheme.

The works are between the Gap of Dunloe Cross on the Board of Works Road and Beaufort village, to further improve reliability of water supply in the Beaufort, Listry and Faha areas.

Kerry County Council are carrying out the works as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme are are expected to continue until the end of March.

The latest works began along the Board of Works road in July with 2.4kms of new mains being constructed on a section between the Gap Cross and Kissane’s shop. These works are nearing completion and the Kerry County Council crew will then continue working on the next 2.3km section between the Gap Cross and Beaufort Village.

“Irish Water acknowledges the significant disruption caused by ongoing breaks to the watermains in the Beaufort, Listry and Faha areas. We would like to thank the local community, businesses, homeowners and commuters for their patience and cooperation while we continue with this vital water network improvement project,” Steven Blennerhassett of Irish Water said.

“Replacing the old, damaged pipes will safeguard the water supply for the large part of the mid Kerry scheme supplied from the Board of Works Road trunk watermain. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages. These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.”

Charlie O’Leary, Executive Engineer with Kerry County Council acknowledged the importance of the works to the mid Kerry water supply.

“The water supply in the mid Kerry scheme is supplied in part by an asbestos cement pipe laid on sections of the Board of Works road in the 1970s. Almost 8kms in total of the supply pipes across the scheme were replaced in recent years with the remaining replacements now being undertaken on the eastern network toward Killarney. The worst of this section is in and around the Gap Cross with multiple bursts over the years. When this additional 2.3km is completed it will mean that in total 14.5km of very problematic but critical water mains in the area will have been replaced through previously replaced sections and the work carried out in 2021/22.”

This work is being carried out as part of Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see €500m invested nationally to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.

“We understand that this type of work can be disruptive, but we are committed to working with the local community to minimise disruption,” added Steven.

The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Where water mains are being constructed, traffic management will be in place to ensure the works are carried out safely. In order to complete this work safely and efficiently a temporary road closure from the Gap of Dunloe cross to the River Loe bridge is required. Recommended diversions will be signposted on approach. Local access will be maintained throughout the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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