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
Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.
It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.
Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.
As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.
“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.
Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.
Golf club launches Summer Series competition
By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]
By Sean Moriarty
Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.
The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.
Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.
“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”
Investigation continues into New St fire
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.
The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).
It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.
The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.
“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”
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