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Dangerous Beaufort road to be made safe

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By Michelle Crean

 

One of the busiest country roads in the Killarney area which is currently in a "shocking and dangerous condition" is set to get a huge facelift making it safer for road users. The Board Of Works Road, Beaufort, has been allocated €73,000 by Irish Water towards the works following representations by Fianna Fáil Councillor, Michael Cahill on behalf of the residents.

Cllr Cahill had organised a deputation in regard to the condition of the Board Of Works Road almost two years ago. He stated at a recent Kerry County Council meeting that "the total lack of action over the past two years is grossly unfair to all residents and road users".

He also received a commitment at the meeting from Padraic Teahan, Senior Roads Engineer with Kerry County Council that the Local Authority will provide additional funding towards the works.

"Finally funds are forthcoming from Irish Water towards the reinstatement of this road which is in a shocking and dangerous condition following the carrying out of pipe laying works there and I welcome that,” he said.

“This has been allowed stand for far too long on this, the busiest of our county roads. The laying of new water pipes is essential work, but the reinstatement of roads must also receive similar urgency.”

The road caters for locals and tourists alike going to Carrauntoohil and the Gap of Dunloe and is also a commuter route between Killarney and Waterville/Cahersiveen/Glencar/Dromid and Beaufort.

"They deserve a safe standard,” he added.

“I trust that the ongoing urgent requirement of the laying of water pipes throughout the Municipal District will be conducted in a professional manner and that all roads and facilities will be reinstated promptly."

The Council replied saying that Irish Water has this month allocated €73,000 for reinstatement work on the Board Of Works Road.

"The Council’s WSs and Roads/Operations Offices are currently in discussion on how best to do the job.
The major programme of water mains replacement in the greater Beaufort area, carried out by Kerry County Council on Irish Water’s behalf, over the last six years has resulted in a great improvement in this essential service both locally and over the greater mid-Kerry area.

In recent years, a total of 1.4km of the 300mm diameter trunk water main has been replaced on the Board Of Works road from Kissane’s Shop towards the crossroads near the Gap of Dunloe. Of this 1.4km, 500m was fully permanently restored as part of a Kerry County Council full-width road surfacing job.

A further 900m was temporarily restored over the 1m width of the pipe-laying trench. Because the newly laid pipe and the old pipe are on opposite sides of the road, and this is a relatively large water main, then there is damage to both sides at the locations where ‘bursts’ have happened in recent years. Some temporary restoration was done in 2017, but further permanent works are very necessary. The recent funding announcement is most welcome in permitting this work to be now carried out."

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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