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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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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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