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€1m to help alleviate Killarney town’s traffic issues

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Funding of €1m announced for Killarney this week will soon improve the town’s dire traffic congestion issues before the 2019 Summer season kicks in.

On Monday, the Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, announced funding of €1m for Killarney town for smarter travel initiatives, including an extensive network of new dedicated cycle lanes in and around the town, and improved traffic management works to alleviate congestion.

This major funding comes under the Government's Project Ireland 2040 initiative via The Urban Regeneration and Development fund (URDF) through Minister Eoghan Murphy.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser on Monday, Minister Griffin said he hopes the works, which he says are ‘shovel ready’, will begin in January and finish before the Summer season begins. He also revealed that a further €330,000 will be provided for the works from Kerry County Council - bringing the total amount to €1.3m.

“It’s as much for the people of Killarney as it is for the tourists,” Minister Griffin said. “It’s very positive news.

“What this plan will entail is the continuation of the cycle lanes that we see on Muckross Road and bring them all the way up to Mission Road towards the Cathedral linking up with the Demense and other parts of the town, linking Ross Road and Flesk Bridge for example.

“The €1m will be complimented by €330,000 from Kerry County Council bringing the total amount to €1.3m, which is substantial.

“Works are shovel ready and we hope to begin in the New Year, in advance of the 2019 season.”

Killarney Chamber President Paul O’Neill said that the Chamber welcomes the news.

The Chamber, he explained, has been consistently highlighting the growing problem of traffic congestion in the Killarney area and the impact it is having on the Killarney brand.

"The ‘TEIR One’ Report, commissioned by the Chamber, found that congestion is a major concern for visitors and is impacting on the visitor experience,” he said.

"The Chamber has, in recent months, campaigned for the inclusion of Killarney projects in the Government’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund and we welcome the allocation of €1.1 million in funding.

"This is an important first step in tackling the congestion problem and will allow a number of important short-term projects to progress.”

He added that the Chamber will continue to campaign for the infrastructural improvements that are urgently needed if Killarney is to achieve its potential to grow visitor numbers by 30 percent by 2025.

Minister Griffin also added that there is also provision for funding to progress the Áras Phadraig Masterplan.

"Details of this specific amount will be made clearer in the near future, and will be in addition to the amounts announced on Monday,” he said.

 

 

Minister Brendan Griffin, pictured with Cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District Cllr John Sheahan, Killarney Chamber President Paul O’Neill, local business people and members of Kerry County Council, welcoming news of €1m in funding for Killarney town.

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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