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Calls for extended cycling infrastructure on outskirts of town

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By Sean Moriarty

Car parking facilities could be added to the Killarney urban cycling plan. Last week the Killarney Advertiser revealed a plan for up to 4km of cycle lanes within the town boundary.

Under the proposed scheme cycle lanes would be added to several major routes in the town and the Killarney Municipal District has invited members of the public to make comments on the plan and routes that have been identified.

Cllr Michael Gleeson is calling on the Killarney Municipal District (KMD) to include car parking facilities on the outskirts of town to encourage more cycling tourism into the town.
He also believes that the inclusion of car parks, outside the town and close to the new cycle lanes, would help alleviate some of the traffic congestions in the town centre, especially during the peak summer tourism months.

“As cycling by visitors is ever growing in popularity, that the Council would seek to provide small car parks, initially proximate to Killarney town, where motorists could park prior to the occupants going cycling throughout the area and the county. Such developments would, I'm sure, attract many to visit our county without having to endure and add to traffic congestion within the urban centre,” he said at the recent Killarney Municipal District Council meeting.

“The Killarney Municipal District fully supports cycling as an alternative to car usage into and around our town," said a Council spokesperson at the meeting. "The Local Authority was successful in 2020 in receiving funding for the design of cycle routes on a number of approaches to the town centre. These plans are currently out for public consultation. In order to promote and encourage cycling there will be a need to provide enhanced cycling infrastructure. As part of further plans and proposals in relation to active travel, the Council will consider both routes for cycling and adequate access points to those cycling routes.”

Plans for the proposed cycling routes through Killarney can be viewed on www.kerrycoco.ie up to and including Wednesday, February 3.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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