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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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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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