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WARNING: Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson is warning that the walls at Kingsbridge could become unstable if urgent work isn't completed. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

The Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson is calling on the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to clarify the legal ownership of Kingsbridge amid fears that sediment in the River Deenagh may lead to excessive corrosion in the area.

 

Kingsbridge, situated at the bottom of Mission Road, directly across from St Mary’s Cathedral, is one of the main entry points to Killarney National Park.

 

In recent years sediment has been gathering on the northern banks of the Deenagh and is effecting the free-flow of the river. A wall on the southern side is subject to increased erosion and there are fears the wall could weaken or even collapse unless the sediment bank is removed. The sediment bank is also becoming an eyesore and is has become a gathering point for loose litter.

 

Kerry County Council is willing to do the work subject to permission from the NPWS.

 

The Council officials confirmed that they have spoken to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and that body has no objection to the work being carried out.

 

However, neither body can do work in NPWS property without permission from the Park’s body. So far both the Council and IFI have be unable to secure the permit and neither have been able to confirm who actually owns the land where the problem exists. It is not clear either who should take on the job of clearing the sediment.

 

“I am calling on the NPWS to clarify the legal situation in relation to responsibility of the upkeep of the river,” Mayor Gleeson told the Killarney Advertiser this week. “It is pushing the water to the southern side of the river, and is undermining the wall there. There is the added problem, that should the wall collapse, there will be expenses incurred to restore it.”

 

 

 

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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