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Barraduff trials new smart level crossing technology

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Iarnrod Éireann is to trial a new system for operating unmanned level crossings on the Killarney to Mallow line.

A new train detection warning system is in place at the Stagmount level crossing between Rathmore and Barraduff.

The technology, called a 'Decision Support System', will provide users with improved information about the approach of trains and to assist level crossing users on when it is safe or not to cross the line.

The previous set up at Stagmount, known locally as 'The Freemount Gates', involved the opening and closing a double gate before road users cross the rail line.

The idea was put forward after a previous plan to completely close the crossing met with local opposition. The closure would have forced at least 14 households to travel approximately 5kms on back roads to access the N72 road between two East Kerry villages.

“The introduction of a new system of this kind has to comply with a rigorous safety procedure and also requires certification from the Commission of Railway Regulation before going live,” said an Irish Rail spokesperson. “The certification process is now at an advanced stage and we are hopeful that the system will be certified for the operation at this location in the coming months.”

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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