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€400k outdoor funding to make streets safer

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney town is set to benefit as €400,000 has been allocated to make some streets safer under the Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund 2021.

Kerry County Council received funding totalling €793,386 from the National Transport Authority for the county for measures such as traffic management and road and street public realm improvements in urban areas which will enable people to walk, cycle and meet each other outdoors in a safe way as COVID-19 restrictions are eased, through the provision of physical infrastructure including parklets, planters, buildouts and coverings.

The funds include €10,000 for Upper High Street, €20,000 for New Street and New St car park upper, and €10,000 for Fair Hill/College Street for road/street space reallocation using temporary kerb for social distancing. Glebe car park is to receive €40,000 for the reallocation of car park spaces to create a public realm, €15,000 for High St to enhance the existing public realm, €45,000 for Beech Road and €50,000 for College Square for the reallocation of car park spaces to create a public realm, €40,000 for Main St and €45,000 for College St for a parklet and footpath widening, with €125,000 allocated for pedestrianisation at South Well Lane.

"I welcome the funding for specific areas within Killarney town, for additional outdoor infrastructure from the NTA. Every effort must be made to utilise this money for the benefit of local businesses and to make provision for public safety for everybody visiting the town," Mayor Brendan Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser.

The fund will also provide for Safe Destination Signage for towns which promotes Kerry as a safe place to visit for recreation and work purposes.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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