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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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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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