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Delays to Lewis road traffic management project continue

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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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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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