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Council welcomes Judicial Review for “hugely important” project




The decision by the High Court to dismiss two Judicial Reviews against the South Kerry Greenway project, has been welcomed by Kerry County Council.

The proposed 32km Greenway between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen has the potential to become one of Kerry’s most significant tourism projects, according to Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney.

“The South Kerry Greenway is hugely important for the continued development of tourism in Kerry, not just for the economy of South Kerry but for the whole of the county,” Cllr Moloney said. 

“This is an iconic project, which has fantastic potential to become a landmark tourist attraction, and with the current development of the North Kerry Greenway and the Tralee-Fenit Greenway, an excellent network of cycling and walking routes for visitors and locals around Kerry is being developed.”

Kerry County Council is currently examining the judgement of the court with a view to assessing its next steps in the project.


The South Kerry Greenway Project is a proposed initiative to create a cycle way from Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen on the Ring of Kerry. The Greenway Project, once implemented, will be a driver of awareness, tourism, jobs, economic growth and environmental sustainability for the area. The initiative is supported by local TDs and councillors representing the area, numerous businesses who trade in the area, and local people of South Kerry.

Cllrs Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen and Michael Cahill also welcomed the news.

"I welcome the High Court Judgement on the Judicial Review proceedings taken regarding the South Kerry Greenway, which effectively dismissed both proceedings taken against the Greenway," Cllr Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen added. "I look forward to reading the 20 page decision in more detail. There are still further proceedings, however the main judgement brings a great sense of relief and is a huge step forward in the process to deliver what could possibly be one of the best greenways in the world and a huge boost to South Kerry's economic and social fabric. As a local Councillor since the start of the process for a greenway and Mayor of Kerry for 2020/2021 the advancement of the South Kerry Greenway has been one of my main priorities and we need to do everything possible to get it in place as soon as possible."

Fianna Fáil Councillor, Michael Cahill added his congratulations to all involved.

“This is a win win for all involved including business and land owners and especially for our children and our children’s children for generations to come," he said. "South Kerry has now got its gamechanger, its lifeline.”

He added that this is "a massive boost for the entire county, especially for Caherciveen and the Iveragh Peninsula". 

“On the completion of the construction of The South Kerry Greenway, I have no doubt but that the people of Kerry will make this the greatest tourism project in all of Ireland and in a short time we will wonder how we survived before it came. I will continue to call for all works necessary to be put in place during construction, adequate accommodation works and compensation for all landowners and to ensure the continued smooth running of existing businesses, including farms, etc., all along the route of The South Kerry Greenway.” 

The task now he added is to help and encourage suitable new enterprises to be set up, whereby decent employment can be created and successful businesses can be born.

“These, at last, are going to be exciting times in South Kerry, as we dare to exit the shadow of COVID-19 and hopefully look to a much brighter future without further delay.” 

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Start clocking up those ‘Kingdom Kilometres’

With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways. The recently opened […]




With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways.

The recently opened Kingdom of Kerry Greenways between Tralee and Fenit and between Listowel and Abbeyfeale are already proving hugely popular with locals and visitors to Kerry.

Representatives of the tourism Industry, local public representatives, travel writers and influencers gathered in Kerry on Monday to experience the exciting new tourist attractions and welcome the arrival of the longer daylight hours as the clocks changed over to summertime.

Sarah Hanrahan, a social media influencer who posts about Irish travel and has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, described the experience.

“Ireland has some of the most amazing outdoor spaces. For a lot of my followers and other people, connecting with green spaces has become much more important to their overall sense of well-being as well as their health and fitness. It’s been really gorgeous to experience the Tralee to Fenit, and Listowel to Limerick Kingdom of Kerry Greenways; a fantastic trip sampling the warm hospitality of Kerry and a great reminder of the active holiday options that are right on our doorstep.”

The new purpose-built trails provide an accessible and inclusive experience for visitors of all abilities.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Mikey Sheehy and the Mayor of Listowel, Cllr Aoife Thornton, said that the greenways offer an exceptional recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.

“The greenways are situated in some of Kerry’s most scenic landscapes and offer spectacular and safe off-road facilities for people of all ages to enjoy as the landscape comes into bloom. They also offer warm hospitality at the trail head towns of each route.”

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St Patrick’s Day parade winners announced

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney. Delighted […]



Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney.

Delighted club representatives were presented with the Seán O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy – in memory of the former Mayor of Killarney and parade stalwart – at a gala presentation of prizes in the International Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night.

The award for the Best Interpretation of the Theme, which was Killarney: Experience More, went to the Wander Wild Festival who received the Michael Courtney Perpetual Trophy which is dedicated to the memory of another former mayor of the town who spearheaded the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations for many years.

The John ‘Killer’ O’Callaghan Perpetual Trophy for the Best Sporting Entry was won by Killarney Athletic AFC and the Peter Irwin Memorial Trophy for the Best Marching Group and Cultural/Arts Entry went to Millstreet Pipe Band.

The Best Sports Club was Spa GAA, the Best Children’s Group prize was won by Kilcummin Comhaltas and the Best New Entry was Killarney Rugby Football Club.

There was an international flavour to the Best Musical Entry which was scooped by the Glenridge High School Marching Band from New Jersey.

The prize for the Best Voluntary Group went to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, the Best School Award went to the Fiona Crowley Stage School and the Best Activity Group was deemed to be Scorchers Cheerleading Club.

The Most Entertaining Entry went to the Killarney Tidy Towns group, the prize for the Most Original Entry was won by Liebherr Container Cranes and the Most Imaginative Entry in the parade was the Art House, Killarney.

The Most Stylish Entry prize was awarded to the Ukrainian community whose representative said they were delighted to play a part in Ireland’s national holiday and thanked the people of Killarney for the warm welcome they have received.

Other prizes presented on the night included the Best Window Display which went to Christy Healy’s on New Street who were celebrating 100 years in business on St Patrick’s Day, while the Europe Hotel and Resort won the Best Green-Themed Building prize.

The judges for the parade were Br Pat Lynch, Guardian, Franciscan Friary, Pam Brosnan, Killarney Musical Society and Denis McMahon.

The awards were presented by Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Chairman Paul Sherry, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Senior Executive Bridget O’Keeffe, and parade grand marshal Cathal P Walshe.

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