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By Michelle Crean

The face of Killarney town experienced a dramatic change this week as bollards and footpath widening works began as part of the town's 'Safe Street's' initiative in the battle against COVID-19.

Kenmare Place looked a whole lot different with the erection of a huge number of black bollards as well as New Street and High Street which have also undergone path widening measures. It follows similar works in College Street a number of weeks ago which caused some controversy after emergency services found it difficult to get parking access as they attended to a patient who fell from a ladder - which led to an hour long traffic jam.

Yesterday (Thursday) locals and businesses on High Street and in Kenmare Place were puzzled as to why so many bollards were installed and why widening of paths occurred in certain places.

 

One local business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, labelled it a "disaster" and said "people need to park to access our business".

Denis Cronin from Cronin's Butchers told the Killarney Advertiser that as a retailer he's "all for the 'Safe Streets' plan" but is "disappointed" with the works.

"I'm very disappointed to have lost so much parking space on High Street," he said. "I'm looking forward to the day when Social Distancing will be a thing of the past and everyone of those measures will be reversed as promised."

Deirdre Browne from Murphy Browne's Restaurant also on High Street said that the works are "confusing".

"Safe streets is the most important thing at this time but it's confusing," she said. "No one came to us with a plan of what's being done. It'd be nice if we knew what was going on. It looks a bit disorganised but we're looking forward to seeing the finished product. We want it to look good and for people to feel safe and keep it convenient for shoppers."

Local councillor Donal Grady told the Killarney Advertiser that the bollards "will hunt people out of the town centre”.

The veteran councillor feels the current plans could be a covert way of introducing further pedestrianisation into the town centre without first exploring correct consultation procedures.

“This will ruin our town,” he added. “I will give it less than three weeks before the complaints start coming in.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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