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Ambitious €20m project to tackle town’s traffic blackspots

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By Sean Moriarty

Close on €20 million has be allocated to seven traffic blackspots in the wider Killarney area and works will be completed in phases over the next few years.

Traffic blackspots included in the funding announced Wednesday, include works on the Madam’s Hill to Cleeny roundabout section of the Tralee Road and the Coolcaslagh junction on the Cork Road.

The seven projects will be completed in a phased basis, and will include provisions for active travel like walking and cycling.

The first of the seven projects, the Gap Road to the Golden Nugget section through Fossa will be unveiled next month or very early next year. This phase will include a new pedestrian crossing in the village and will link with a future project known locally as the Narrow Road near Killea. This section will eventually link with ongoing works in the Killorglin area that will improve active travel arrangements between the two towns.

A deer detection system, similar to one being used in County Laois, is to be trialled at the Ballydowney section of the road.

Closer to town, works on the Madam’s Hill, Ballychasheen and Coolcaslagh junctions have also been included in the plan. The Lewis Road junction realignment is also included but plans for the realignment of the Muckross Road traffic management plan will be announced at a later date.

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District were briefed on the plans by Paul Curry of the Kerry National Road Design Office on Wednesday but he was unable to give an exact date for the start of the projects.

“The foundations are laid for seven projects in the near future,” he told the meeting. “One will be followed by another. The timeline is the near future.”

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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