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Extra speed camera zones in Killarney – warning signs removed

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Every approach road in and out of Killarney is now covered by safety camera zones with nearly 50 new zones - announced by An Garda Síochána in the county this week.

Several new locations have been chosen for privately operated speed enforcement cameras, and speed vans will be in a position on an extended number of locations on all roads in and out of town.

Signs advising motorists where the speed checks are will no longer be used.

“This is about saving lives and preventing injuries, not about catching people,” a Road Safety Authority spokesperson said.

 

“The only objective of the safety camera project is to change driver behaviour and save lives.”

The safety zone on the Tralee road has been extended to include every section from the Cleeney Roundabout to the Boolacullane turn-off near the Johnny Doyle Industrial Park.

The entire Muckross Road, and by extension the Moll’s Gap road, as far as Galway’s Bridge near Derrycunnihy Church, is included in the new zone. Additionally, the section of road at Moll’s Gap, on the approach and on both the Sneem and Kenmare sides of the junction will be covered by mobile speed detection vans.

While the village of Fossa was included as a safety zone in the past, this has now been extended out as far as the Beaufort junction and a separate zone is included on the Milltown road near the old German Butcher Shop.

The Cork Road will now be covered from the Lissivigeen junction to beyond the Loo Bridge – Kenmare Road junction and will also extend out the Mallow Road to nearly as far as Rathmore.

Other locations include the entire length of the bypass road, including its junction with the Coolcorcoran Road to its junction with the Kilcummin road and the entire length of New Street.

 

 

 

 

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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