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Calls for multi-storey car park as plans for Áras Phádraig unveiled

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry County Council have been warned that they “will fail the people of Killarney for decades” if they don’t include a multi-storey car park in the first phase of the Áras Phádraig redevelopment.

MEETING: Angela McAllen (Killarney Municipal District Manager) Cllr Brendan Cronin Cllr Niall Kelleher Brian Teahan (Killarney Municipal District) Cllr Marie Moloney (Mayor of Killarney) Cllr Niall O'Callagahan Cllr John O'Donoghue Cllr Maura Healy-Rae and Cllr Donal Grady at the Áras Padraig unveiling at Kilcummin GAA Club on Wednesday. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

Plans for the site, which has been idle since the Franciscan Friars donated it to the people of Killarney in 2009, were finally unveiled at Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting. The meeting took place at Kilcummin GAA clubhouse at the invitation of Mayor Marie Moloney who lives in the area. Each term a mayor invites a municipal meeting to their home-patch.

Plans include a theatre, and outdoor public plaza, office space, and a 400-space car park and a medical centre.

Further down the line, there are plans to build a multi-storey car park to the rear of the new development but Kerry County Council officials said this part of the construction will not happen until the other elements were up and running.

The project is being funded by the Urban Regeneration Development Fund for Killarney which was announced in March this year. A total of €21 million has been set aside for the regeneration of the town centre of which Kerry County Council is providing €5.5m.

The town centre project is wide-ranging and includes the development of a craft quarter in the town centre, works on the Jarvey Stand at the HaHa, and further potential for more outdoor dining facilities.

The Áras Phádraig plan is the first phase of this broad project and details were presented to the Killarney Municipal District meeting by engineer David Doyle.

Elected officials broadly welcomed the new plans but called for the multi-storey car park to be a given priority over the other elements of the project.

“By not providing a multi-storey car park we will have failed the people of Killarney for decades,” said Cllr Niall Kelleher, who is also president of Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

Mr Doyle explained that Kerry County Council is governed by public spending rules and that building a multi-storey car park ahead, or alongside, the rest of the project would not be possible at this time.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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