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“Bring in the Army” in an effort to quell the on-going feud

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A local councillor has said it is time to bring in the Army in an effort to quell the on-going feud at a Killarney housing estate.

A bitter feud between Traveller families in the Ballyspillane estate took another nasty turn on Tuesday night when up 100 people where engaged in threatening and abusive behaviour.

Meanwhile two women were involved in a street brawl earlier during the week.

As a result one man and two women have been arrested as part of the Garda investigation in to an on-going feud at the Killarney Estate

A man has been arrested and charged under public order offences following another night of tension a Killarney estate.

The women are expected to face assault charges.

The feud is on-gong for over a year but Cllr Donal Grady says that enough is enough and it is time for the Army to be brought in to control the situation and for Kerry County Council to serve evection notices on the people living in local authority houses.

“It was serious a year ago, the time for huffing and puffing is over,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser. “I am calling for the Army to brought in to restore peace in the area.”

Killarney Gardai confirmed that one male was arrested on Tuesday night. It is understood that the two women were arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“During the early [Tuesday]evening a number of individuals were involved in a verbal exchange,” sergeant Dermot O’Connell told the Killarney Advertiser. “This escalated into groups, totalling about 100 individuals on the road side of the estate. They were jeering and shouting at one another but there were no assaults. One person was arrested for public order offences. He was brought to Killarney Garda station where he was charged and he will be brought before the courts.”

Gardai stayed at the scene until the early hours of Wednesday morning to ensure the situation did not kick-off again.

There has been on-going disputes between rival families in the area.

Last April an accelerant – described as something similar to a petrol bomb  – was thrown at the front door of a house.  The occupants of the house, who were sleeping at the time of the attack, managed to get out through the back of the house safely.

Two people were arrested in early May in relation to this attack.

“The investigation is on-going,” added O’Connell. “And the investigation will expand to these new complaints and we are actively going to bring more people before the courts.”

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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