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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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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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