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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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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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