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Columbarium wall to allow photos of deceased loved ones

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By Sean Moriarty

Local politicians have reacted angrily to a revelation by Kerry County Council that the new columbarium wall at Knockeenduff cost €120,000.

The columbarium wall – the first one in the county – will open before the end of this month at Killarney Burial Ground.

At Monday’s online Kerry County Council meeting, elected councillors were told that the cost of the wall would have to be recuperated and that each niche on the wall would cost €1,200.

The Council’s Director of Services John Breen told the meeting that the cost of a niche, which can hold two urns, was based on cost recuperation.

The Council officials wanted to limit the inscription to just the name of the deceased and their date of death.

Cllr Marie Moloney proposed the deceased person’s address be also included.

Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae labelled this idea as “too cold”.

He led a motion to allow photos of the deceased to be displayed in the niche and this was carried by the meeting.

“I have looked at other columbarium walls around the country and some had the option of placing a picture on what I call the plaque and what the Council call the niche. I agree with Cllr Moloney too, there could be many people from the same area with the same names,” Cllr Healy-Rae told the Killarney Advertiser. “I thought it felt a little cold and I was glad that despite the Council still objecting that we got this [permitting photos] overturned.”

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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Traffic calming on the approach to Killarney Athletic

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road. Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club. “We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic […]

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Killarney Municipal District is preparing plans to place traffic calming measures on the approach to Killarney Athletic Football Club’s grounds on Woodlawn Road.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked for measures to be implemented to improve pedestrian safety and access at the club.
“We are currently preparing documentation required for the provision of Traffic Calming at this location,” a council spokesperson told a recent Municipal District meeting. “
It is expected to brief the members at the next Municipal Meeting [in March]. From the records of the Road Safety Authority, no incidents have been recorded at this location.”

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