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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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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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