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Community not giving an Inch over telecom tower





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.


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.


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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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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Annual Christmas motorbike charity road run launched

The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18. The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in […]




The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18.

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort and Eagle Lodge in Tralee.

Now in its sixth year, the run, which is organised by an amalgamation of several Kerry motorcycle clubs under the banner of Kerry Bikers, will visit Killarney.

The run gets underway at 10.30am from Tralee. The first stop off is in Sheahan’s Centra on the Muckross Road where the Tralee group will be joined by local motorcyclists before setting off on a yet to be decided route.

“We will announce the route in Killarney. Last year we went to Killorglin, Farranfore and Castleisland. This year Abbeyfeale and Listowel may be in reach and if so we will make donations to Nano Nagle Special School too,” organiser Dave Foley said.

Over one hundred motorcycles are expected to take part in the run. Last year the full convoy measured 1.6km from start to finish.

“We hope to exceed that this year,” added Foley


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