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Councillor raises planning issues following river clearing

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By Michelle Crean

Many people simply cannot get planning or even be considered at pre-planning stage as a result of the clearing of a local river, according to a local councillor.

At the recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Maura Healy-Rae tabled a motion asking if Kerry County Council has consideration to planning applications changed as a result of the clearing of the River Flesk from Loo Bridge to Gortahoosch.

She highlighted that there are a number of issues for people seeking planning here.

"Ever since the flood study was done, an entire region in the Glenflesk/Clonkeen area was deemed a flood plain regardless of the fact that some areas within this region were never flooded and were never in any remote danger of being flooded," she said. "The implications of the study were too far reaching. As a result many local people simply cannot get planning or even be considered at pre-planning stage. There are instances where applicants have been told they could build on an extension to an existing dwelling but a stand alone dwelling would not be considered."

She queried the thought process behind this approach and how an extension could be "considered less of a flood risk than a stand alone property in the same area of land".

Cllr Healy-Rae objected to the last line of the response from KCC that read: "The study found that these vegetation removal works would result in a negligible reduction in flood levels".

She also outlined that she is talking about the stage which is now at post-clearing of the river where local residents have deemed these works as a success and called for a study or assessment following this river clearing to be done to ascertain its effectiveness. She also requested a common sense approach be taken to planning applications in this area "as the flood study has had a wholly prohibitive impact on local people in this regard and in many cases unjustifiably so".

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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