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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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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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