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Council agrees speed limit changes

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By Anne Lucey

All 425 housing estates in Kerry - including Killarney town - are to have a maximum limit of 30kms per hour - in what is the first revised speed limits agreement in over a decade.

Dozens of roads and locations will be subject to changes in speed limits under the special speed limit bye-laws adopted at a Kerry County Council meeting on Monday.

The changes are due to come into effect in four month’s time.

Several sections of the Ring of Kerry will see speed limits fall from 100kms to 80kms an hour and less, and the maximum speed approaching all national schools on this and all other routes, will be 50km.

Submissions on the need to revise sections of the Ring of Kerry centred on safety and included concern about the narrowness of the carriageway of the N70, N71 and N72 Ring of Kerry Road which is heavily trafficked for several months of the year with bus coaches and cars.

Beaufort Bridge is to be reduced to 60km. A section of the Port Road from the New Road to the Castlerosse is to increase to 60kms. Glenflesk village on the N22 will have a speed limit of just 60kms, as agreed by the TII after submissions by councillors and the public.

There are also limits of 50kms in the vicinity Kate Kearney’s Cottage area of the Gap of Dunloe, down from 80kms.

“The most significant change is to the speed limit at schools,” Charlie O’Sullivan, Director of Services said.

Currently, some 48 of the 135 national schools in Kerry were in rural areas where the default speed was 80kms. The new 50km will apply now.

These are the first new limits since 2006 the meeting was told, and include measures by both Kerry County Council, for local and regional roads as well and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) for the national network.

However, councillors were very critical of the refusal by the TII to reduce the speed limit on the N22 at Poulgorm Bridge, the turn off from the Killarney/Cork road to Kilgarvan, Kenmare and west Cork.

There have been seven accidents at the junction in 2018, Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae added. At the very least lighting and road marking were needed, the councillor said.

The junction was “highly dangerous” and while he was glad to have been allowed to make several submissions to them, the approach by the TII in their reply to the council was either to refuse or allow.

This was a “take it or leave it” attitude that diminished the role of the councillor even further than it was already.

His sister Cllr Maura Healy-Rae criticised the refusal of the TII to reduce the speed from 80km to 60km from the Lissivigeen Roundabout to Pike Hill, a busy approach road to Killarney with junctions for industry as well as housing.

The new speed limits and the various schedules will be available to view online at www.kerrycoco.ie.

 

 

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Are you getting enough sleep?

By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.

Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.

In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.

Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?

So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.

Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:

Limit caffeine:

It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.

Be active:

Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.

Unwind early:

Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.

Brain dump for the next day:

Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.

Set out your clothes the evening before:

This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.

Cool, dark and quiet:

When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.

Buy an alarm clock:

This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!

Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.

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Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”

By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.

However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.

The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.

Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.

“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.

“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”

However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.

“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”

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