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Ambitious five-year plan for Ballydribeen

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By Michelle Crean

Better infrastructure and more services to cater for the needs of young and old are part of an ambitious new five-year plan for the Ballydribeen area.

The Resident’s Association have begun a project to develop better services for the community which covers an area with over 350 homes and continues to experience more growth through new housing developments.

It currently has a community house but locals are keen to hear what residents need going forward and have arranged a series of community meetings, the first taking place next Wednesday (September 28) at 7.30pm in Killarney Celtic Clubhouse.

They will ask residents to fill in a community survey to identify the key issues and priorities of this diverse and energetic community.

Resident’s Association members will also be calling door-to-door over the coming days.

"We encourage all resident’s to get involved in this community consultation and planning project so that Ballydribeen will become an even better and more integrated place to live and raise a family," Liam Grimes, Chairman of the Residents Association, explained.

"We're looking to put a proper plan together," he told the Killarney Advertiser.

"There's seven estates in one area, and more in another area and private housing. We want to form a plan for the future development for the area to ensure it remains a good place to live. It's a blank canvas at the moment and we're looking for views of the people who reside there. Hopefully the plan will lead to giving them what they want."

The project is funded by South Kerry Development Partnership and Kerry County Council, and is facilitated by Paul O'Raw, Community Consultant & Associates.

For more information call into the Community Resource Centre or phone 083 0905745 or email ballydribeenrescom@gmail.com.

See their Facebook page BallydribeenCommunity for more updates.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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