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Cancellation of adventure races a huge blow to local economy

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Cancellation of adventure races a huge blow to local economy

Killarney-based Elite Event Management has cancelled its Quest Killarney and Run Killarney events due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

The Quest Adventure race was scheduled for October 10 and Run Killarney – billed as Ireland’s most-scenic half-marathon was set for November 14 after previously being postponed from July 18.

Together they attract over 5,500 participants and 3000 spectators giving the town of Killarney a much-welcomed out of season tourism boost.

The organisers say the events contribute an estimated €4m to the local economy and support many jobs directly at Elite Event Management and indirectly through tourism related roles.

"We reluctantly took the decision to cancel both Quest Killarney and Run Killarney 2020. Considering the ongoing restrictions and increased infection rates of the virus we felt it was the best decision to protect our participants, staff and the wider community,” Director Oliver Kirwan told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is very disappointing for everyone involved and the local hospitality industry, but we will be working hard to give everyone an even better experience in 2021. I would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement and we look forward to welcoming back participants to Killarney next year.”

Run Killarney is planned for July 17 next year with Quest Killarney expected to take place on October 2, 2021.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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