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Council gives green light to five-year road safety plan

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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL has published a five-year road safety plan for the county. The plan, which aims to develop a co-ordinated approach to the issue of road safety, was adopted by councillors late last year and covers the period up to 2020.

The new plan focuses on progress on the four ‘E’s of Education, Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation and involved the input of many other organisations including An Garda Síochána, the HSE, the Road Safety Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport.

In the decade between 2006 and 2015, a total of 119 people lost their lives on Kerry’s roads and the Plan aims to significantly reduce serious injury and fatality on the roads of Kerry. It sets out four main objectives in the areas of education, engineering, enforcement and evaluation in the years up to 2020.

It aims to raise awareness of road safety with a view to changing attitudes and behaviour at individual, community, and organisational levels; to make Kerry’s road network safer and more forgiving of inevitable errors by road users dnsure viable and appropriate enforcement, acting as a deterrent and increasing compliance with road traffic laws; and ensure sustainable reduction in road fatalities and serious injury by constant research into the efficacy of actions undertaken.

The outgoing Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea, said: “The successful implementation of the Plan will be dependant, not only on the various organisations responsible for road safety, but also on the assistance and cooperation of all road users.

“Through working together, and sharing our knowledge, expertise and experience, we aim to develop a safer environment for all road users. This will be achieved through educating drivers and those using our roads, improving road standards, and enforcing legislation.”

The chief superintendent of An Garda Síochána in Kerry, Tom Myers, said: “I am resolute in ensuring the people of Kerry and the many visitors to the county engage in safe driving practices. A key priority is the enforcement of road traffic legislation. We will use targeted enforcement based on intelligence and analysis, as well as education and prevention programmes to reduce serious injuries and fatalities.”
 


 
Above: Launching the new Road Safety Plan for Kerry in the Council Chamber, were Chief Superintendent, An Garda Síochána, Tom Myers; Road Safety Promotion Officer, Road Safety Authority, Eileen Cunningham; Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea; Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell; Road Safety Officer, Kerry County Council, Michelle Mullane; Patient Transport Manager, HSE, Brendan Galwey.

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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