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Calls to end “the scourge” of illegal parking in town centre

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are to take a two-pronged approach to solving illegal parking issues in the town centre. Members are to seek a special meeting with the Council’s executive ahead of the next open meeting which is scheduled for early March.

They want clarity on the existing by-laws in the town regarding parking, and action to be taken against some motorists who Mayor Cllr Brendan Cronin says are “abusing the system”.

At last week’s KMD meeting, Cllr Donal Grady asked for an update on the by-laws connected with the ‘Safe Streets’ programme.

The programme was introduced to the town centre last summer in an effort to encourage more footfall in the town centre while at the same time providing for COVID-19 related social distancing measures.
The plan includes the full-time closure of Plunkett St to traffic, an issue that has divided the Council on many occasions. It also includes the provision of short-term “age friendly” parking spaces in town.

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Mr Grady’s notice of motion led to a wider debate with some councillors stating that motorists are abusing the temporary parking arrangements as there is confusion over the application of by-laws in such parking bays.

“Current by-laws do not cover these arrangements and people know that. It is a slap in the face for progression,” said Cllr Niall Kelleher. “I urge the Council executive to bring the parking strategy before us as soon as possible as it is having an exceptional impact on the town of Killarney.”

In recent months, the Killarney Advertiser has covered several illegal and inconsiderate parking stories in the town centre. These include the prevention of a bus carrying people with special needs accessing the Christmas display at St Mary’s Cathedral and cars parked on double yellow lines in College Square which reduces access to the two “blue badge” parking zones directly across the street.

Last November Mayor Cronin, Gardai, Council officials and school principals met to discuss illegal parking on New Road at school time.

At the time the Council promised to increase the presence of the traffic warden in the area but, up to the Christmas break, the last time all of the schools in the area were open, there were still repeated incidents of cars parking on footpaths.

This prompted Cllr Michael Gleeson to bring the issue up at last Monday’s full meeting of Kerry County Council – where he demanded that the Council take action “as there has been considerable reconfiguration of streets, roads and footpaths in recent months, that the Council in conjunction with an action to prevent and punish the scourge of vehicles parking on footpaths”.

“It’s an illegal activity that demonstrates a gross disrespect for all pedestrians, very particularly for people with disability and for persons pushing prams and buggies,” he told the meeting.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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