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Barraduff locals to take on charity spin

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By Michelle Crean

A number of Barraduff locals have set the wheels in motion to raise funds for a very worthy charity.

They are planning to get on their bikes after Christmas for a spinning fundraiser, which takes place on Thursday, December 30 in Barraduff Community Centre in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (KBRT). It is being organised by Jenny McCarthy and Declan O'Donoghue of Triumph Coaching, along with the support of the Barraduff Community Field Organisation.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the body or bodies of loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland.

"The event itself will see six 40 minutes spinning classes being held with all donations on the day going towards this wonderful charity," Jenny said.

"The reward for those who wish to participate will not only be supporting a worthy cause but tea, cakes, and lots of treats will be available afterwards."

A coffee morning is also being organised as part of the fundraiser, open to everyone that morning – not just spinners!

"Our key concern is that participants and supporters on the day stay as safe as possible. We will be adhering strictly to Government guidelines and all necessary precautions will be in place throughout the venue," she added.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust was founded in 2013 following the tragic death of Kevin Bell, aged 26 years, in New York. Repatriation can cost up to £12,000 depending on the circumstances of the death, local charges, and hospital release costs.

“KBRT have now repatriated 1,195 loved ones to their families in Ireland, with 32 of those being to Kerry alone, from countries worldwide such as Australia, Argentina, South Korea, USA, Canada, Ecuador, Cambodia, India, Uganda to name just a few. The Trust repatriates approximately 15-20 loved ones back to Ireland per month. We are asking as many people as possible to participate in this fun event to help raise funds for this charity which has touched so many people’s lives. If you can’t make the event itself there is an opportunity to donate via the iDonate fundraising page: 'JenniferMcCarthy', and all contributions are gladly welcome."

Spinning sessions are running from 9am to 1.30pm on the day and if you’d like to book please contact Jenny on 086 1037496 or Declan on 087 6945188.

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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