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Council welcomes Judicial Review for “hugely important” project

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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.

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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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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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