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Calls to give senior citizens priority parking

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PARKING: Local election candidate Neily O’Connor (centre), is campaigning for designated car parking spaces in local car parks for the elderly. Pictured in Fair Hill car park were: Director of Elections Dan O’Connor, Brenda O’Connor, Christy Moynihan, Margaret McCarthy and Nora Moriarty. At the back were: Pat McCarthy, Philomena Moynihan and Tim Moriarty. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

By Michelle Crean

Killarney man and local election hopeful Neily O’Connor is calling on the Council to give senior citizens priority when it comes to parking in Killarney town.
Neily, a well-known entertainer, who is running for Fianna Fáil for the Killarney electoral area, says the provision of designated car park spaces will give older citizens easy access to all amenities, including post offices, banks, medical centres and all public offices within the town.
“These measures will help our elderly in maintaining their independence while also sending out a strong signal to society that Killarney goes further towards valuing its senior citizens,” Neily told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“With our new vibrant culture, as a society we need to lead by example and let our young people see we respect the needs and values of that generation.”
He is also calling for a town parking app to be introduced so that drivers can easily locate free spaces within the town alleviating some of the congestion.
“We continuously drive around the town looking for a car space and while we’re doing this we are actually adding to the volume of traffic and creating more congestion. We need a parking app so that we can just check our phone to see the available parking spaces and drive straight to it rather than driving around in circles.”
The addition of strategically located real time parking screens would also help alleviate the present traffic congestion particularly during the summer season, he added.
“The information would instantly inform locals and tourists as to the availability of car park spaces. With Killarney being a leading tourist destination visitors expect these facilities as the norm. I’m continuously meeting people when out canvassing saying to me they are not coming in to Killarney during the summer months because of the parking chaos – so urgent action is required now.”

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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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