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Close the county bounds say 74% of Killarney Advertiser readers

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Killarney Advertiser readers are in favour of further investigating a plan to seal the county bounds in an effort to allow life get back to some degree of normality in Kerry. A survey, conducted by the Killarney Advertiser this week, revealed that 74% of respondents were in favour of such a move.

As Kerry continues to have one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country, the Killarney Advertiser asked an important question:

“If we could close all the access roads into County Kerry and manage arrivals by train and air from Dublin would you be in favour of such a move, if it allowed life in the Kingdom to get back to some degree of normal, albeit without visitors?”

Participants were asked to vote 'Yes' if they thought this idea should be explored further with the powers-that-be and to vote 'No' if they thought the idea is absurd and cannot and will not work.

It is accepted, that for the plan to work, it would demand a massive buy-in from both the public and Government agencies like the Gardai, Kerry County Council and Killarney Municipal District.

“Let’s be fair here,” said one respondent, “the 5k rule is broken left, right and centre so this would be just impossible.”

The idea might seem far-fetched but it is not impossible. Gardai currently deployed on the county’s roads checking that everyone is operating within their own 5k could be re-deployed to the county borders. However, every back road from Lauragh to Tarbert would have to be manned 24-hours a day.

“I agree,” one respondent to our survey said. “But people will only take it further and ruin if for everyone.”

Maybe, but the payback would be after, say two weeks COVID-19 free, we could move anywhere in the county. In fact, we could start thinking about reopening the whole of Kerry society and start organising events again. We could have inter-club GAA matches but not inter-county games.

“I think it would be easier to control the county border, rather than each individual’s 5k,” said another respondent.

Exceptions would have to be made for those on essential journeys for work or medical reasons.

Another difficulty would be the management of the airport and railway stations. While Kerry, and Killarney in particular, normally welcomes visitors, the last thing needed for this plan to work is a message that Kerry is open for business.

But an agreement with Irish Rail could mean that all Kerry-bound rail passengers must change in Mallow for a Kerry train and that could be controlled in an effective way, meaning only genuine essential travellers would be allowed board that train.

Yes, we could be open for business limited to residents of the county, but it can only work if the county borders are effectively sealed.

“This is a great idea, I wonder have they [Government agencies] the resources to lockdown the county borders,” said another respondent.

It could also be a pilot programme and if it was deemed a success the cordon could be extended to include Cork and then Limerick and so on until COVID-19 is contained in very specific geographic areas.

If the same plan was rolled out in Mayo at the same time for example, it would not take too long to have the entire West Coast sealed and COVID-19 free. In time the Mayo cordon could extend into Galway while the Kerry cordon could be expanded to include Clare. The net result being the majority of the western seaboard could be back to normal in a matter of weeks.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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