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Ballydribeen residents concerned about road safety at Tralee junction

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ROAD SAFETY CONCERNS: Members of the  Ballydribeen Residents Association met with local politicians and councillors to raise concerns about road safety in the area.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Ballydribeen Residents Association is to seek an urgent meeting with Kerry County Council in an effort to solve ongoing road safety and traffic management issues at the exit of the Tralee Road estate.

At a public meeting on Wednesday night, which was also streamed live on social media to comply with social distancing measures, the residents raised concerns about the volume of traffic in the area. They are also worried that traffic trying to exit the estate will result in accidents as the junction is unsighted from the Madam’s Hill side.

There are seven housing estates in the Ballydribeen area and with the addition of the Cluid development currently under construction the number of houses is set to grow to over 300.

The estate also provides local access to Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic pitches adding to the traffic volumes in the estate.

“We have been fighting for this for eight years,” the association’s spokesperson Liam Grimes told the Killarney Advertiser. “Maybe when this was first built around 2005 it was suitable for the level of traffic, but the estate has grown and it is time to take this into consideration. We are all aware of the fatal accident in July and the ongoing issues with the bypass and Madam’s Hill junction and they are all connected.”

Wednesday night's meeting was attended by local TDs Michael and Danny Healy-Rae,Cllr Maura Healy-Rae,Cllr Pa Daly as well as elected members of Killarney Municipal District including Mayor Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney and Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan.

Plans for the association's deputation to Kerry County Council will be on the agenda for next month’s Killarney Municipal District meeting. If it's passed the deputation is likely to take place ahead of the November KMD meeting.

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By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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