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Bridging loan to help Micro Track construction

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MICRO TRACK: Tom Collins (Moloney Construction) and Jerry Griffin at the Killarney Micro Track construction launch with young club members of Killarney Valley Athletic Club. Also included are: Leonard Moran (Quantity Surveyor), John Hickey (Hickey Design & Associates), Linda Russell, Jean Courtney, Sean O'Sullivan (Chairman Kerry Community Games), Tom Doherty and Cathal O'Brien (Killarney Micro Track Chairman). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Sean Moriarty

Community loan finance group Clann Credo is the latest organisation to lend its support to the Killarney Micro Track project.

Construction is expected to start in June and last week Tom Collins of Moloney Construction signed the work contract with project officials.

The group behind the project are still a few thousand euros shy of the €480,000 total and will in the next few weeks launch a series of final fundraising drives to meet the shortfall including the raffling of a vintage tractor in association with the Killarney Valley Classic Vintage Club.

However, it will take some time to gather the remaining funds and construction would not be possible without Clann Credo steeping in with a bridging loan.

Clann Credo is a social enterprise that provides loans to community organisations, charities and social enterprises on terms and conditions that may not be available to them commercially.

“The group discussed in January, that partial construction to save on cost wouldn’t have been permitted by grant rules and abandoning of the project would have been an incredible disappointment,” Jeremiah Griffin, Project Coordinator, said.

“Then taking the courageous decision of building now was the only path to take. However, we need the support of the community to help raise the rest to continue.”

Construction will start on June 24 and is expected to be complete by early September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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