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€59,000 funding announced for Killarney Micro Track

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A community project is near its funding target after receiving €59,000 on Thursday.
Killarney Micro Track, also known as the South and East Kerry Community Rural Track project, which will be located at St Brendan's College, is now at 75 percent of its €400,000 target.
News of the funding was announced by Kerry Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin from his Department's Sports Capital Programme.
The funding was warmly welcomed by project coordinator Jerry Griffin, who says they now just need to fundraise the final 25 percent to reach their goal.
The site for the track was donated by St Brendan’s Trust on a leased basis, and is centrally located on the grounds of St Brendan’s College.
It will benefit the 2,000 students in schools nearby, athletic clubs, paralympic athletes, Special Olympics athletes and community groups as well.
Full planning for the project has been granted for the track, but now they’re hoping for public support to get the project over the line, Jerry explained to the Killarney Advertiser.
“I welcome the efforts from Minister Griffin, Cllr John Sheahan and Cllr Niall Kelleher and other elected reps for working with us to secure the funding.”
The project received €110,000 in LEADER funding in April last year, €20,000 from Kerry County Council, and a huge chunk of the money was raised through community fundraising including the Killarney 10 Mile, AIB Schools Fitness Challenge, GoFundMe, a World’s Best Record with The Most Minions in One Place, and Wine and Art nights in Killarney over a number of years.
Now, as they look towards appointing a contractor and setting a date for the sod turning, he says they are ready to relaunch their fundraising drive in the coming weeks.
“This project has gone on for four to five years – we didn’t give up,” he said.
“To raise the final 25 percent we need the community to row in with us to assist us in the final fundraising drive. We’re also looking for donations from private individuals and business people.”
Minister Griffin also announced funding for Kenmare Community School who will receive €36,000 towards a compact athletics training facility, while in Faha/Listry, a new all-weather pitch at Faha National School will receive €42,800.
"I am really happy for the recipients of this funding,” Minister Griffin said.
"I wish all of our funding recipients well and look forward to seeing these projects coming to fruition in the time ahead."

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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