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Councillors frustrated at lack of progress on town projects

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Councillors have hit out against Kerry County Council’s lack of progress on big projects in the town.

Speaking at yesterday's (Thursday) Killarney Municipal District meeting, several elected councillors questioned the lack of progress on long-promised schemes in the area.

A major cycle network was first mooted for the town in February 2021 with planning permission granted last year. However, so far the project has not progressed beyond various consultations.

“There is no progress on any project,” Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan told the meeting. “We need to see progress, especially the cycleway.”

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae, Cllr Brendan Cronin and Cllr Moloney questioned why the preferred route for the new road between Farranfore and Killarney had not yet been revealed. That route was originally set to be announced in August or September this year. However, that has now been pushed out until Quarter 4 2022.

“This is a moving goal post,” said Moloney, while Healy-Rae added, "It is 15 months since the public consultation [on the Farranfore road]”.

The Lewis Road junction is set to see interim measures put in place by Quarter 4 too.

“Everything in the world is happening in Quarter 4,” said Cllr John O’Donoghue.

Town manager Angela McAllen said she would organise a meeting with relevant engineers in the coming weeks to update elected members on progress.

“There is a lot of work going on in the background, especially in relation to the cycleway,” she said.

“These are long draw out processes,” said engineer John Ahern.

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Camera Club ready to celebrate its 21st anniversary

Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members. Next Thursday night they will be […]

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Killarney Camera Club is ready for the new season and as well as celebrating their 21st birthday – they’re also looking for new members.

Next Thursday night they will be holding an Open Night at 7.30pm in the Plaza Suite at The Brehon Hotel.

The club meets every other Thursday at 7.30pm and is open to everyone with an interest in photography, including a junior membership category for 16 to 17-year-olds.

“Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you already know your way around a camera, everyone is welcome,” Deirdre Donohue from the club said.

The club activities include speaker nights, outings, project nights and competitions. At part of the club’s 21st celebrations they will be mounting an exhibition at Killarney House in late October.

“As well as a warm welcome, including tea and biscuits, the Open Night will feature a presentation, by professional photographer Micheál O’Sullivan, of his wonderful landscapes, so come along for a lovely evening of chat and photography!”

If you have any queries, you can contact the club secretary via email at secretary@killarneycameraclub.ie.

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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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