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An accident waiting to happen – has happened!

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Council say they’ve no plans to change the layout of the entrance

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

A pillar at a brand new bus park was accidently knocked to the ground at the weekend – weeks after concerned coach operators told the Killarney Advertiser that the entrance is too narrow.

 

The pillar, at the coach park on Rock Road, was knocked by a bus on Sunday evening at a time when traffic was very busy due fans leaving Killarney following the Kerry and Mayo match.

 

In June concerned bus drivers expressed their fears that the entrance is too narrow, saying

it takes at least two or three manoeuvres in traffic to get in and out. They have also called on Kerry County Council to widen it.

 

It is not clear what kind of bus was involved on Sunday - but it is very likely that a left-hand drive coach was the culprit. Drivers of such coaches would have a very restricted view of the exit and would also have to contend with on-coming traffic and pedestrians.

 

“I am very disappointed to hear it happened,” Coach Operator Ken O’Day told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“Vehicles are expensive and damage to any property is not good to hear. I suggested in the past that the entrance is an accident waiting to happen and it looks like it happened. I hope the Council would take a wider view and see what can be done to make the entrance more suitable for coaches.”

 

A spokesperson for Kerry County Council said they would talk to bus operators but at present there are no plans to change the layout of the entrance.

 

“The pillar at Rock Road was damaged last Sunday by a bus. Traffic was extremely busy on that day due to the football match,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “There are no plans to amend this bus entrance. However, the Council will again liaise with the bus operators regarding any issue they have and will continue to monitor this bus and car park over the summer months.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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