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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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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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