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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has real concerns about the unacceptable delay in implementing a proper and practical traffic management system in and around Killarney.

We welcome recent concerns expressed by the elected members regarding the town not being adequately prepared or best positioned to cope with demand in terms of required traffic flow, parking requirements and congestion issues. Almost two years since Killarney Municipal District Council took delivery of a traffic management review, it is a significant worry that the gridlock experienced in the summer of 2018, by locals and visitors, was unprecedented.

While Chamber acknowledges the efforts of the elected members and management of Killarney Municipal District Council, it would appear that progress is being hindered by the absence of a clear parking management strategy and the recommendations of the report not being implemented. Killarney Chamber, has, in its meetings with the Killarney Municipal District management, since 2015, continually highlighted the traffic management issue as the top priority for our members.

This year Killarney Chamber carried out a TEIR One (Tourism Economic Impact Report), which projected a conservative 3% growth over the next decade. There is a clear and present threat that the Killarney brand will be significantly damaged if the local authority does not act, as a matter of priority, to solve the town’s traffic problems and implement the main findings of the traffic management review.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, a representative body of 200 local businesses, accepts that there is no silver bullet solution to the gridlock but there is absolutely no doubt that some proposed short to medium-term measures can be put in place to help tackle the problems being experienced. There seems to have been little or no progress on short-term remedies such as the proposed inner relief road at St Mary's Terrace/Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty Road, the development Rock Road car park or the relief road at Deerpark.

Given the ordeal endured by motorists this summer, it was quite alarming to hear senior local authority officials indicate that the reality is it will be a minimum of 10 to 12 years before the gridlock in the town can be adequately tackled when – or if – an outer relief road is approved.

It is quite clear that greater expediency is required, that a new parking strategy must be implemented as a matter of extreme urgency and that facilities for parking are provided as an immediate priority.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is managing growth in the tourism sector through proper forward planning and analysis and the hope now is that Killarney Municipal District Council can do likewise in terms of traffic management. Chamber is willing and able to play its part and to engage fully in the process but a firm commitment is now required on the part of Kerry County Council.

The growth of the entire county of Kerry depends on Killarney, as the premier tourist destination, continuing to prosper but it will be unable to do so without adequate traffic management. This is essential in order to future proof Killarney as one of Ireland's top visitor destinations.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce

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Sadness at death of much loved Killarney man

The town was saddened to learn of the death of Brendan Joy who passed away peacefully on Tuesday at his home in the loving care of his family. Brendan (88), […]

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The town was saddened to learn of the death of Brendan Joy who passed away peacefully on Tuesday at his home in the loving care of his family.

Brendan (88), from Muckross and formerly of Plunkett Street, who worked in the International Hotel and as a Jarvey, was laid to rest yesterday (Thursday) in Aghadoe Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral.

Brendan was predeceased by his beloved wife Mairéad and baby daughter Maura, his brothers John, Jerry, Pat, Willie and sister Nancy.

He’ll be sadly missed by his daughter Breda, sons Liam, Michael, Brendan, Martin, Pat and Andrew, daughters-in-law Margaret, Eileen, Norma and Helena, his grandchildren Brendan, Mairéad, Charlie, Claire, James, Kevin, Orla, Maurice and Maura, sister Mary Sie (London), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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Local activities this weekend for National Heritage Week

A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday. This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow […]

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A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday.

This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Life in the Bogs – Family Funday in Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort, runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Activities include; Bog in a Bottle activity – learn about how bogs are made, Plants of the Bog – learn about the different plants in the bog and how to tell them apart, Pond Dipping in Bog Pool – Use nets and find out what creepy crawlies can be found in Bog pools, Birds and Mammals of the Bog – learn about the different animals that live in our bogs, and a Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are free but bring €2 for parking.

On Sunday the Harpers for Heritage concert takes place at Muckross Schoolhouse with Fiachra Ó Corragáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman from 7.30pm to 9pm.

There’ll also be an exhibition from the Killarney National Park Photography Competition based on the theme of ‘Our History, Our Future’ in Killarney House and Gardens while the Me and the Moon will create Bee/Bug hotels and sustainable eco bird feeders today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am – 4pm at Muckross Schoolhouse.

The Heritage Council is encouraging people to visit www.heritageweek.ie to see what other events are taking place in their locality or across the country. Participants can browse the website and create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help them plan their week according to their location, their particular heritage interests and their preferred event type, such as a festival, performance, exhibition or re-enactment.

“This year, National Heritage Week looks to the past to create a better future,” Chief Executive of the Heritage Council of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said.

“The theme of sustainable heritage and biodiversity encourages us all to reflect on how our history and heritage can play a part in protecting our planet. Whether it’s learning a new skill like embroidery, blacksmithing or pottery making; better understanding how to prevent biodiversity loss in our own back gardens or country lanes; or gaining fresh insight into the history of our art, music or the Irish language and sharing this knowledge among friends and family, there are endless ways to get involved. I would encourage people to visit the National Heritage Week website and browse the vast array of events and projects taking place and plan their week.”

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