There is to be a no-nonsense crackdown on public disorder and anti-social behaviour arising from large groups of people congregating in certain parts of tourist hotspots Killarney at weekends.
Garda patrols are being increased on the streets and extra personnel will be assigned to monitor behaviour and to engage with the public.
Authorities in the town have advised people not to attend such open air gatherings as it is leading to law and order issues and proving to be very upsetting for residents and others.
Although people have been congregating in large groups in a number of locations, the Beech Road car park is a particular area of concern and An Garda Siochana and Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce have appealed to people to desist from gathering there, particularly at night.
Several instances of public disorder were reported in the area during recent weekend nights and it led to arrests being made.
On one night alone, a number of underage drinkers were arrested and brought to Killarney Garda Station from where their parents were contacted and informed.
Killarney Garda Superintendent, Flor Murphy, said parents and guardians have an important role to play in ensuring their children and teenagers are behaving themselves when they are not at home.
“Our message to parents is to take the necessary steps to ensure that they are not the next people we will be contacting late at night or in the early hours of the morning to tell them that their child is in Garda custody,” he said.
Supt. Murphy also appealed to people not to supply alcohol to or purchase it for people under 18 years of age as, apart from the obvious health and safety risks involved, it is an offence to do so.
“We will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour or underage drinking and that message needs to go out loud and clear,” Supt Murphy said.
The authorities are concerned that the majority of those congregating in the open areas are younger people, most of whom have still to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations, and they are the most at risk group from the surge in the Delta variant.
“People must take individual responsibility and they must act and behave in a proper manner,” he stated.
Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has stressed the need for public health guidelines to be adhered to and pointed out that the Safe Streets programme implemented by Kerry County Council is designed for that purpose.
“There are areas specifically designated for socialising and, to ensure people are kept safe, these plans must be respected,” said Chamber President Niall Kelleher.
Kerry County Council has put in place a detailed operational plan to manage various issues like outdoor dining, litter management and extended opening hours for public conveniences and the local authority has enforcement officers on duty, outside of normal working hours, to ensure that public safety regulations are adhered to.
“Everybody in Killarney has worked hard to build the town’s deserved reputation as a safe, pleasant and welcoming place to visit and we must ensure that our night-time economy is every bit as attractive and appealing as Killarney’s natural attractions are during daylight hours,” the Chamber President said.
“Killarney worked tirelessly to secure its Purple Flag status which rewards excellence in managing the night-time economy in terms of safety, vibrancy and diversity and we will do everything possible to protect that status,” he added.
An inter-agency communication and cooperation policy has been put in place in the town with regular meetings between representatives of An Garda Siochana, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, the Mayor of Killarney, Kerry County Council, Killarney Vintners and the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation.
The meetings are designed to ensure that all stakeholders are communicating regularly to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer.
Relief as indoor dining finally resumes
By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]
By Michelle Crean
After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.
Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.
According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.
A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.
The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.
Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.
“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”
At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.
“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”
Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.
“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”
At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.
“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.
“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.
Time to get your skates on!
By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]
By Sean Moriarty
People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.
A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.
Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.
It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.
“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.
“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”
Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.
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