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Exciting times for Town Twinning Association

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The recent AGM of Killarney Town Twinning Association was held in Scotts Hotel last week. A good attendance saw Chairman Seán Counihan outline a very busy 2017. The highlight of the year was the granting of European citizen funding so the town of Pleinfeld could bring a large number of their citizens involved in organisations.

The night was attended by Minister Brendan Griffin and Seán Kelly MEP and the chairman also thanked the Mayor of the Municipal Authority Niall Kelliher, Angela McAllen and Kerry County Council for their help and providing a civic welcome. Mr Counihan outlined that there was interaction between the association with seven of our twinned towns and this led to quite a lot of visitations to our town.

Pleinfeld continues to grow its contact with Killarney and in April this year and again in September we will welcome two groups of thirty people, with a further trip planned for May 2019.

There will be an exciting trip for some local people as Killarney Celtic will travel to the Burgerfest in June and participate in a tournament which hopefully will grow to a festival of football in Killarney. A student exchange programme is also taking place between some students studying German in school and exchanges between rotary clubs is well under way.

The chairman informed the meeting that the association is now affiliated association with Scotsdale, Arizona and Casperia near Rome.

It was also confirmed that an application has been registered with the EU Citizens Programme to bring our very first twin town citizens of Castigilione to visit this year. The chair advised that funding remained a problem and thanked the group for their enthusiastic support.

The following officers were elected:

Chair: Seán Counihan

Vice Chair: Donal Grady

Secretary: Seán o Grady

Assist Secretary: Micheal O’Leary

Treasurers: Sheila Dickson & Niall O’Callaghan

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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