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Council acquires land for new Killarney walking and cycling route

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Ross Castle, Killarney.

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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL has announced its acquisition of a parcel of land beside the River Flesk in Killarney which will allow for the development of a new walking and cycling route linking Ross Road and Muckross Road. The new route will mean that walkers and cyclists will now be able to avail of an off-road facility all the way from the Flesk Bridge via Ross Castle and onto Fossa.

In recent days, Kerry County Council has purchased land from Killarney Racecourse to allow for the completion of a walkway and cycleway from the Flesk Bridge at Maurice O’Donoghue Memorial Park via the banks of the river and on towards the Ross Road just a short distance from Ross Castle. The Council will now look at funding options to progress the project.

The cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin, said the acquisition of land meant the new amenity route could now proceed to public consultation and planning approval: “This will be an absolutely wonderful addition to Killarney’s selection of walkways and cycleways and will provide locals and visitors alike with a fabulous riverside amenity connecting Muckross Road and Ross Road,” he said.

“What is more important is that this additional amenity effectively extends the off-road route from the Muckross Road towards the N71 at Fossa near the Hotel Europe giving walkers and cyclists the option of travelling all the way from Fossa right into the heart of Killarney National Park on the Muckross side of Killarney town. This will further enhance Killarney’s international reputation as a walking and cycling destination and will provide users with a dedicated, safe, off-road route to enjoy at their leisure. I look forward to its completion at the earliest opportunity,” said Cllr Cronin.

The route follows a line from the Muckross Road, leaving the road at the Flesk Bridge at the Maurice O’Donoghue Memorial Park on the town side of the river, veering off at the rear of the Killarney Racecourse and joining the Ross Road on the Killarney side of the Racecourse. The route will then join the existing footpath/cycle lane along Ross Road towards Ross Castle and into the National Park.
 


 
Above: Ross Castle; Kerry County Council has purchased land from Killarney Racecourse to allow for the completion of a walkway and cycleway from the Flesk Bridge at Maurice O’Donoghue Memorial Park via the banks of the river and on towards the Ross Road just a short distance from Ross Castle.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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