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Changes in the pipeline for Killarney roads

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There are changes in the pipeline for Killarney roads in the coming months councillors at a Special Meeting of Killarney Municipal District were told this week.

Those in attendance were updated on works for big projects such as Killarney Bypass and Lewis Road/Kilcummin Junction and proposed Active Travel Link and underpass, the Farranfore to Killarney Road Improvement Scheme, Madam's Hill, MD O'Shea Roundabout to Ballycasheen Junction and the Glenflesk Traffic Calming Scheme amongst others.

Farranfore to Killarney route

Senior Engineer Paul Curry made a presentation on the Farranfore to Killarney Road Improvement Scheme saying that the Phase 2 Options Selection is underway with a number of route corridors currently being considered and appraised with the "emerging preferred route corridor to be selected in Q3 2022".
He said that the Farranfore to Killarney route was "a major scheme", that a public consultation took place last year where a "number of options went on display". These, he said, are currently being appraised and a report is being prepared. The report will be reviewed in the next four weeks or so. The emerging preferred route corridor will go on display for a period of four weeks in August or September to seek feedback from the public. After this a report on the findings will be published in October/November.

Lewis Road/Kilcummin Junction

Plans for the proposed underpass on the Killarney Bypass within the ground of St Finan's Hospital, will be published by end of July.

The much awaited left-turn only from the Lewis Road junction and N22 Bypass Road will begin construction in August.

When completed traffic leaving Lewis Road will no longer be allowed to cross the Bypass Road. Instead motorists will have to turn left and make a U-turn at the Cleeney Roundabout.

Traffic exiting the Kilcummin Road will also be left turn only with motorists having to make their way to the Michael D O’Shea Roundabout at the sports centre before doing a U-turn.

Madam's Hill

As part of the Active Travel plans traffic lights are to be installed at the Aghadoe Junction which he said are "more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists". There will also be enhanced pedestrian footpaths on both sides coming down to the Cleeney roundabout.

Ballydowney to Gortroe

In the Ballydowney to Gortroe Safety Improvement Scheme he said that the TII are awaiting results from a deer safety trial measure in Laois and if this is successful similar measures could be implemented in Killarney as an interim solution. Plans are to reduce vegetation in the first five to 10 metres which "won't draw the deer to the road". He added that further discussions are needed however with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Glenflesk Traffic Calming

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) said they will install bigger speed signs in Glenflesk Village to "see if it makes a difference".

"We are going to change the speed indicator signs and make them bigger to see if it makes much of a difference," he said. "We have been recording speed in Glenflesk for the best part of the last 12 months.

"In the meantime we're going to make the speed indicator signs the next size up."

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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