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Delays to Lewis road traffic management project continue




By Sean Moriarty

How long does it take to place a few traffic bollards on the centre of a main road?

Well over a year if you are depending on Kerry County Council.

For several years the elected members of Killarney Municipal District have been calling for action on the Lewis Road intersection with the Killarney bypass.

The idea is that traffic leaving Lewis Road will no longer be allowed to cross the bypass road. Instead, motorists will have to turn left and make a U-turn at Cleeney Roundabout.

The same will apply to traffic entering the bypass from the Kilcummin/Coolcorcoran exit. Motorists will not be allowed to turn right at this junction but will have to turn left and make a U-turn at the MD O’Shea roundabout.

These are interim measures while a bigger project, including a new slip road east of the Kilcummin junction and a pedestrian underpass on the grounds of St Finan’s Hospital will form parts of the bigger plans. 

But the length of time it is taking to put the temporary measures in place does not bode well for the implementation of the full project.

In January this year local roads engineer Paul Curry told a Municipal District meeting: “We will install more pencil bollards and increased signage as an interim measure."

In May the Council pushed that plan out until the end of Quarter 3 – September 30 – which was last Friday. 

A Council official said in May: “Tender documents are currently being prepared to procure a contractor to carry out these works as the first of a number of safety improvement phases on the N22 at the Lewis Road and Kilcummin Road junctions. The works to modify Lewis Road junction to left-out only will be carried out in Q3 2022.”

Elected councillors, just like Killarney motorists, are growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress.

This prompted Cllr Donal Grady to push for further information on the plan at the most recent Municipal meeting – which was held on September 22 – a little over a week before the previous promised deadline.

He asked: “That we Kerry County Council request an urgent update on the progress of the roundabout at the Lewis Road / By-Pass junction.”

In reply a Council official said: “A tender for the works to remove the right hand turn out of Lewis Road will be published in early October with a view to having works completed by the end of year. In relation to the proposed roundabout and link works, the land acquisition process is underway. Once the land has been acquired, the tender documents will be finalised and approval sought to publish the tender notice.”

So, a job that was to be completed by the end of September, and amounts to little more than placing a few bollards in the centre of the road and additional road markings, is only going out to tender this week.

Remember the social distancing rules that COVID-19 brought us – when bollards were placed on footpaths in every town in the county, almost overnight?

The Killarney Advertiser looks forward to the November Municipal District meeting to see what the latest development is on this never ending story.

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New  bio-energy therapy clinic open on Beech Road

Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily? Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which […]




Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily?

Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which must adapt to this emergency mode.

Muscles tense up, heart beats faster, vessels get compressed, blood pressure rises, body retains water etc. Most of us subject our bodies to this emergency mode without being aware of it.

Irina Sharapova MH has just opened a new Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy clinic at Horan’s Health Store on Beech Road by appointment each Friday.

Both Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy, support the body’s natural ability to heal.

During a herbal consultation the therapist suggests necessary corrections to the client’s diet and lifestyle aiming at reducing the elements that contribute to inflammation, stiffness and pain, and increasing the elements that aid healing.

Then they prepare herbal remedies specific to the client. Client’s medications are also examined to ensure that there are no conflicts with the herbal treatment.

Herbs support healing by relaxing the body and improving sleep; they are used to treat various ailments from digestive and reproductive issues to insomnia and migraines.

Bio-Energy therapy is a complementary non-contact treatment that helps to release tension from the body caused by injuries, traumas or stress.

During a Bio-Energy session the therapist scans the client’s body for signals that indicate that the energy is not flowing smoothly – these are the areas that have reacted to the Client’s emotions of fear, worry, hurt, anger, sadness etc.

The therapist “clears out” these areas until the energy flow feels smooth. Bio-Energy is helpful in the treatment of physical and emotional pain and other ailments.

It is suitable for people who do not like massages and other treatments that are performed directly on the body.

Disclaimer: Alternative therapies are not substitutes for medical advice.
For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact Irina at 086 9878941 or via email at Website:


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Spotted an otter lately?

Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals. The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching […]



Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching a new National Otter Survey and has teamed up with researchers in Queen’s University Belfast and the National Biodiversity Data Centre to collect and collate otter records from right across the country.

The new survey will map otters and compare results to the last survey, carried out in 2010-11.

NPWS teams will be looking for characteristic signs of otters at over 900 sites throughout the country, including rivers, lakes and the coast.

Members of the public are asked to keep their eyes peeled for otters and to get involved in this national survey by adding their sightings to the survey results.

Otters are mostly active at night and most typically seen at dawn or dusk. They may be spotted from bridges swimming in rivers or along the rocky seashore.
Otters are brown, about 80 cm (30 inches) long and can be seen gliding along the water surface before diving to show their distinctive long pointed tail which is almost as long again as their body.

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive animals so getting as many people involved in the survey as possible will be important if we are to get good coverage. Otters are rarely seen, so instead, over the coming months, NPWS staff will be searching for otter tracks and signs.”

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“Otters have large, webbed feet and leave distinctive footprints, but these can be hard to find. Fortunately, otters mark their territory using droppings known as spraints. Otters deposit spraints conspicuously on boulders along riverbanks, logs on lake shores or the rocky high tide line. Spraints can be up to 10 cm or 3 inches long, black through to white but commonly brown, tarry to powdery in consistency and straight or curved making them tricky to identify. Luckily, they commonly contain fish bones and crayfish shells which are the otters favoured diet making them easy to tell apart from the droppings of birds and other mammals.”

The otter and its habitat are protected under the EU Habitats Directive which requires that Ireland reports on the status of the species every six years. The next report is due in 2025.

The otter suffered significant declines across much of continental Europe during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s but remained widespread in Ireland. The most recent Irish survey (2010-2011) found signs of otter from all counties of Ireland and from sea-shore to mountain streams.

The otter hunts in water, but spends much of its time on land, and as a result is vulnerable to river corridor management such as culverting, dredging and the clearance of bankside vegetation, as well as pollution, pesticides, oil spillages, coastal developments and road traffic.

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