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Calls for solutions to traffic congestion in Killarney

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OVER the past fortnight, Killarney Advertiser highlighted the parking and congestion crux in Killarney during the busy July/August period. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – this is a problem that has been ongoing for years.

One solution mooted was a designated car park with a flat rate per day. For instance, in Venice, this is €29, which most visitors are happy to pay knowing their car will be safe. It also takes the pressure off traffic flow.

Car parks could be zoned with a premium and cheaper car parks clearly flagged in a transparent manner.

Bottlenecks need to be quantified and tackled head on; do we know exactly how many car parking spaces could be needed?

There does seem to be a chink of light at the end of the (traffic-jammed) tunnel with talks in place on a through road from the High Street junction to Dunnes Stores and also discussions ongoing in relation to a multi-storey car park and relief road changes.

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OUR relief roads do not seem to be solving the traffic congestion in summer.

A direct access point for jarveys into Killarney National Park was proposed recently.

This would improve traffic flow and reduce congestion on Mission Road, according to Independent Councillor Maura Healy-Rae who raised the issue at the recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District.

Cllr Healy-Rae said a location near the Plaza, across from the Ha Ha, would be ideal. Kerry County Council said it would contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service to discuss the matter.

The necessity for an outer relief road from Lissivigeen to Castlelough was also highlighted at the meeting by Cllr Healy-Rae. There have been numerous representations and deputations about this issue, she pointed out.

“Previously, KCC said they were considering alternative routes which could provide relief in the meantime,” said Cllr Maura Healy-Rae. “I asked that the Woodlawn Road would not be specified as an alternative route in the interests of health and safety.”

Kerry County Council said in order for Transport Infrastructure Ireland to consider the Killarney Outer Bypass, it must be included on the National Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021. In the meantime, Kerry County Council National Road Design Office is examining alternative routes which could alleviate congestion between the N22 and the N71. The routes are at pre-feasibility stage and will only be disclosed when sufficient appraisal has been carried out to deem them feasible.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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