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Anger as Listry Bridge only gets €30,000 in funding

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By Sean Moriarty and Michelle Crean

Mayor of Killarney Cllr Brendan Cronin will demand clarity from Kerry County Council management after just €30,000 was allocated for Listry Bridge in the latest round of regional and local roads maintenance allocations for 2021.

Cllr Cronin has been fighting for major improvements for this bridge for over 20 years. His late father PJ, also a councillor, spent the previous 20 years fighting the same cause.

The 200-year-old bridge, on the R563 which links Killarney to the Dingle Peninsula is deemed too narrow for current traffic volumes. It has been the scene of several accidents over the years and locals have been campaigning for decades to either have the bridge widened or have a new one constructed in its place.

On Monday, the Department of Transport announced €29 million worth of road improvement funding for county Kerry.

The €30,000 allocated to Listry bridge falls far short of the large scale investment the bridge needs, according to local man Brendan O’Shea.

By comparison Gortderrig Bridge near Shrone on the much quieter L3014 received €120,000 and the Dale Road between Abbeydorney and Ballyduff received €2.5 million.

“Our local and national representatives were falling over themselves to announce a €29 million investment in Kerry roads, of that, €30k is to be spent on Listry Bridge, the single lane death trap on the main Killarney to Dingle R563 that’s falling into the Gweestin River that flows under it, or around it on occasions of heavy rain,” Brendan O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“A few weeks ago a Milltown bypass was announced at a cost of €7m – will it stop at that? So, on one side of Milltown we’ll have a bypass that it appears no one wants and on the other side we’ll have a few shiny new warning signs for a bridge that locals have spent the last 40 years trying to get replaced.”

Cllr Cronin said it is going to keep the issue on the agenda and will bring it up again at the next full meeting between Kerry County Officials and elected members.
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“Since I have been involved in Kerry County Council, and my late father before me, two roads have always been talked about; Listry Bridge and The Dale Road,” Cllr Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser. “This €30,000 won’t even put tarmac on the bridge. I am no engineer but I can assure you this road needs an investment of €2.5 million.”

He added that he “found out from the previous Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, that Kerry County Council did not even apply for previous funding”.

“And just over the road we see a new bypass for Milltown that nobody seems to want. This is a political game and I am not taking any more political prisoners until I find out what is going on here.”

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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Facials are also suitable for men

  In need of rejuvenation after lockdown or looking for a great gift idea for Father’s Day? All the facials we offer are suitable for both men and women. CACI treatments truly deliver visible results. It’s the equivalent to a good workout in the gym, but for the face. Our gentleman’s CACI facial treatment targets […]

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In need of rejuvenation after lockdown or looking for a great gift idea for Father’s Day? All the facials we offer are suitable for both men and women. CACI treatments truly deliver visible results.

It’s the equivalent to a good workout in the gym, but for the face. Our gentleman’s CACI facial treatment targets the razor bumps, in-grown hairs, and skin impurities. It finishes with a tightening and firming of the muscles resulting in a youthful well defined jawline. Since reopening I have seen a huge uptake on the male facials.

We work with the CACI Synergy system, a medical grade machine which provides you with treatments for acne scarring, dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and loose sagging skin. Along with offering the full facial we specialise in the eye revive which is great during these times as the eyes are highlighted.

We also focus on the jowl lift which concentrates on the neck and jawline. A course of treatments is recommended for best results.
 

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What makes the CACI facial so unique is it offers real results without damaging the skin. It works deep into the basal layer of the skin, strengthening the foundation of the skin and stimulating the growth of collagen and elastin. It originated in the medical field working on stroke patients and Bell’s Palsy suffers. They discovered that the side they were working on the effected side, started to look younger and more lifted after treatments, hence its entry into the beauty industry. CACI treatments give visible results even after one treatment.

The dual action of SPED microcurrent/LED light therapy technology is so advanced and innovative.

The entire process takes 80 minutes. It starts with deep cleansing using an orbital micro-dermabrasion with light therapy, followed by the ultra-sonic actuator for deep cleansing and gentle exfoliating, propelling impurities to the skin’s surfaces, followed by micro current lifting using a specific technique, this also includes the LED light therapy. We then use the wrinkle comb – an alternative to Botox – which is intense light therapy. It’s all finished off with a silicone mask soak in hyaluronic acid, which has an extremely cooling effect and is hydrating. We use a galvanic current to push this amazing product deep into the lower levels of the skin. A truly results driven facial suitable for both men and women.

For more information call Jill on 064 6632966.

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