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We are just days away from Killarney’s annual 4th of July Independence Day and this year’s a festival promises to be an action-packed celebration of all things red, white and blue.

Festivities on Wednesday, July 4 include The Big Parade, an out-door cinema, choir singing, a street party, swing dancing, and lots more fun for both young and old, all located in the beautiful scenic town of Killarney.

“There will be a host of fun filled activities for both young and old throughout the day,” said festival committee joint chairman Ollie Favier. “This year the festival, now in its 5th year, aims to bring the town to life in a fun and exciting way to celebrate all that is great about the US and to remember the years of legacy between the United States and Ireland.”

The celebrations will commence at 3pm with the raising of the American flag by the Mayor of Killarney and Chamber President at Killarney Town Tall. Following that, the town will transform into a carnival of fun and entertainment. There will be street BBQs and brass bands, cheerleaders and Disney characters will be on hand to keep everyone entertained from 3-7pm.

The highlight of the day is The Big Parade which will commence at 7pm from the Outlet Centre car park, and this will bring the streets of Killarney to life.

Following the big parade there will be a screening of Dirty Dancing on an outdoor screen on the grounds of Killarney House. This is a free ticket event but places must be booked online. The screening will be alcohol free.

And of course no 4th of July celebrations would be complete without a spectacular fireworks display, which will round off the evening by lighting up the night sky over Killarney at 11.15pm.

For more information you can visit the festival Facebook page at KillarneyJuly4thCelebrations.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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