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.”
Training day for junior rowers
By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]
By Michelle Crean
Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.
Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.
“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.
“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”
The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.
“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”
On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.
“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”
Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.
It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.
Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.
As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.
“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.
Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.
Golf club launches Summer Series competition
By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]
By Sean Moriarty
Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.
The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.
Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.
“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”
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