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€10,000 raised for Down Syndrome Kerry

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By Michelle Crean

A whopping €10,000 was donated to Down Syndrome Kerry this week following a coffee morning in Killarney town earlier this month.

Almost €5,000 was raised in just a matter of hours in Lír Café at Kenmare Place as part of their annual fundraising drive alongside Monex Financial Services.

On March 7, Down Syndrome Kerry was the chosen charity and locals and visitors to the town generously emptied their pockets and wallets for the well-deserved charity.

The amount was then matched by Monex owner Frank Murphy who has teamed up with Lír Café for the past number of years.

“We’re completely blown away," Madeleine Doyle, PRO with Down Syndrome Kerry, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s incredible to make that amount of money in four hours. We’re very grateful.”

Alan Oliver, Manager Lír Café said 350 people came through the door on the day and everything was “gratis” to the customers. They in turn dug deep to help the charity which, receives no Government funding.

“We raised almost €5,000 on the day and Frank marched it. 350 people came in and were very generous. Staff Gillian Doody and Joan Cronin played a blinder on the day.”

Frank  Murphy added that it is the third year of their fundraising efforts.

“We do this every year for the last three years and Down Syndrome Kerry was the chosen charity this year. This is by far the most we have raised.”

 

 

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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