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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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