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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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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