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Calls for feasibility study to develop town park

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A local councillor has called on Kerry County Council to source funding to initiate a detailed feasibility study to provide a riverside park, walkway and cycleway, on the banks of the River Laune, Killorglin.

Fianna Fáil Councillor, Michael Cahill, said that landowners on either side of the Laune Bridge are amenable to proposals for such a project.

"We need to prepare the ground to be in a position to apply for funding for such a large and exciting project," he said.

"The time is now to make investigative preparations which could be done in conjunction with the Town Regeneration Scheme, to include the old metal Railway Bridge and also to facilitate future connections to countywide Greenways. Killorglin is a town with many proud traditions, with a population interested in many types of activity, sporting and leisure included. The appetite for a town park at its very core on the banks of the Laune is enormous, as is evidenced by the excited conversations generated locally when the possibility recently emerged of land being available."

He added that Kerry County Council has advised him that the provision of a riverside park and walkway at that location shall be considered as part of the overall design process under the Natural Amenity Connectivity intervention.

"I am asking that we proceed immediately to complete an application for funding to carry out a feasibility study,” he said.

“There are exciting times ahead for Killorglin also with recent funding of €1.2m from the Department of Rural and Community Development to complete the design and planning approval up to pre-construction stage for Rural Regeneration Development. The overall cost of the current Regeneration Scheme for Killorglin is €6.5 million. I wish to acknowledge the generosity of the McCarthy family who have offered a magnificent site for this very purpose on the banks of the River Laune. This town park when developed, will be the envy of every town in Ireland."

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Wine, art and lots of catching up at popular fundraiser

By Michelle Crean Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night. Over 50 exhibitors gathered in […]

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By Michelle Crean

Spirits were high and the atmosphere electric at this year’s Wine & Art Night which had a huge attendance on Wednesday night.

Over 50 exhibitors gathered in the Great Southern Killarney as the Killarney Rotary Club’s fundraising event – which is one of the biggest in the town each year – was back after a COVID break.

During the afternoon the artists and crafters, many who travelled from all over Kerry, Clare, Cork and even Waterford this year, organised their display for the event. Later that evening there were a lot of familiar faces but also some new people who absolutely loved the evening.

There were many wines available to taste as well as cheese and breads at the event which is run in conjunction with Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney and Killarney Brewing Company.

“There was a huge attendance and everybody was in good spirits to be back to normal,” President of Rotary, Rayla Tadjimatova, said.

“Many of the patrons were buying some art as Christmas presents and the members of Rotary were delighted to be kept busy packing these. A portion of all art sales goes to the fundraiser. One local young man, who is only 16, exhibited his beautiful photographs of local scenic areas. There was an auction of donated works of art and a Kerry Jersey. All one hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction goes to the fundraiser.”

Mike Neeson entertained the crowd on arrival and right until the end of the night.

“Mike is a great supporter of our events and we would like to thank him for keeping everybody entertained.”

The Irish Pilgrimage Trust ran the raffle and they had some wonderful hampers and gifts to be won.

Beneficiaries from this year’s event are: Coolick NS, Gaelscoil Faithleann NS, Knockanes NS, Holy Cross Mercy NS, St Francis Special School, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic AFC, and Killarney Cougars Basketball Club.

She thanked everybody for attending and everyone for their help organising the event.

Some, she added, had never been before and said they did not know what exactly the night involved but will definitely be back again next time as it was “so enjoyable”.

“We hope the money raised will help the beneficiaries to proceed with projects,” she said.

“We are delighted for Rotary to be able to help these charities, community groups and schools through our fundraising event.”

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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