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NARROW: The entrance to the new coach park on Rock Road is causing issues for coach and bus drivers. Pictured is bus operator Ken O'Day. Photo: Sean Moriarty

 

By Sean Moriarty

Coach and bus operators in Killarney have hit out at Kerry County Council this week saying the entrance to a brand new coach park on Rock Road is not suitable for their vehicles.

The new facility, billed as one of the saviours to Killarney’s traffic problems, opened last month - but the entrance to the car park is a foot wider than the bus entrance - causing serious concerns for coach drivers.

Coach operators, both local and visiting tours, have been asked to park there as opposed to the old bus park adjacent to Lewis Road car park.

However, drivers say the entrance for busses is too narrow and that getting into the car park takes at least two or three manoeuvres in traffic.

The Rock Road entrance features two drop-down barriers and two stands placed on a central island. The entrance is 15ft 9’ wide, one foot narrower than the car park entrance - but the island is the main bone of contention.

The older bus park on Lewis Road was operated without the need of the island in the middle to accommodate each side of the barrier.

One local operator, Ken O’Day, who runs O’Day’s of Kerry and West Cork Bus Hire in Killarney wants the Council to remove the central island and replace it with the same style barrier that served the Lewis Road car park for so long.

“Not alone is the width an issue, but there is no central island where the cars exit,” Mr O’Day said. “There is going be an accident here and I am calling on this to be looked at and changed now before it is too late. Only the other day I saw a coach driver reversing back onto the road to make the entrance, at a time when there were cars, bicycles and pedestrians around.”

Another operator, who did not want to be named, backed up O’Day’s concerns.

“I need the Council for my licence so I don’t want to be making noise in my home town,” he said. “The facility is perfect and we all like the general layout of the place but the entrance and exit could be thought out better. Bigger coaches will get damaged getting in and out of the place and drivers can’t get in out in one swing. Traffic coming in and out the Tralee road is being held up.”

Kerry County Council are calling for patience as people adjust to any new arrangements in the town, saying that the new bus park has created 120 new car parking spaces on the old bus parking site on Lewis Road.

“Kerry County Council is broadly very pleased with the response to the new bus and car park on Rock Road. Like any new arrangement, there will always be a period of adjustment and getting used to new facilities such as this,” said a Council spokesperson. “Anyone with any concerns or issues such as this can raise them with Council staff and we will be happy to discuss them. There have been some discussions with bus drivers to everyone’s mutual satisfaction. The removal of buses from the Lewis Road car park has created space for an additional 120 cars at this car park which has been very well received locally.”

 

[caption id="attachment_26887" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] NARROW: The entrance to the new coach park on Rock Road is causing issues for coach and bus drivers. Pictured is bus operator Ken O'Day. Photo: Sean Moriarty[/caption]

 

 

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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