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Community not giving an Inch over telecom tower

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The community of Inch is maintaining a 24-hour vigil outside a telecoms mast that was erected near a family home last week.

Towercom built the 24 meter high telecommunications monopole on their own site – and with full planning permission – within meters of the family home in the west Kerry village.

The tower was erected last week and the scale and size of it caught the community off guard.

“It is a big metal skyscraper in a tiny village,” group spokesperson Katie Foley, of Foley’s Bar told the Killarney Advertiser.
Over the course of the last week the community has held talks with politicians in an effort to get the tower removed.

Towercom has agreed to cease all operations at the site until a meeting can be held between senior Towercom staff and the community.

In the meantime, members of the community are maintain a 24-hour watch on the site in case engineers return.

“We have people here from 7am and 9pm every day and others are keeping an eye through the night,” added Ms Foley.

“The community is sticking in the ground and will not allow this go ahead. We understand that the engineers are just the men on the ground – they are paid to do a job. But we are the people on the ground here and we also have a job to do too. We are trying to get in touch with the men in offices.”

Ms Foley also raised concerns on some of the discrepancies in the planning paperwork. It was stated that tall trees would be planted around the tower to hide it from public view.

“None of that was put in place to even try and camouflage it,” she said.

TOWER OWNERS 

Towercom, the company which owns and operates the new 20m monopole structure at Inch, has stated that the enhanced telecommunication infrastructure is compliant with planning laws and regulations. 

“The increase in demand for mobile broadband in the two years since Covid, to support home working and the significant increase for both business and home use, requires urgent and significantly improved infrastructure countrywide. The enhanced Inch structure is a critical part of this telecommunications network and is required in response to rising demand from consumers ,” said a Towercom statement. 

Full planning permission for the enhanced structur was granted by Kerry County Council in October 2020. 

“Following complaints received earlier this week, Towercom has now paused work, pending discussions to be held locally and arrangements are being made currently in this regard. “We are hopeful that the matter will be resolved shortly to enable provision of improved broadband services for the community living in and those visiting, this part of County Kerry.” Towercom added.

CORRECTION 

In our print edition, dated December 24, we mistakenly said that Eir was the owner of the communication site.

“Eir are aware of the issue over the placement of a mobile mast in Inch, Co. Kerry. The tower has been developed and is owned by Towercom, not eir, and eir mobile service is not available from this mast location. Towercom is engaging with local residents on the matter,” said an eir statement.
 

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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