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Fantastic night at Darkness Into Light launch

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Over 160 people gathered in Reidy’s on Wednesday evening to join the O’Carroll family in launching this year’s Walk for Nathan – Darkness Into Light event. The popular walk, which is a fundraiser for Pieta House, is held each year in memory of Killarney youngster Nathan O’Carroll who committed suicide in 2007. He was just 14 years of age.

This year’s walk takes place on Saturday, May 12 at 4.15am starting at the Killarney Racecourse and organisers are hoping for another big turn out at what has become one of the most successful events of its kind in the country. Pre-registration is available at the Racecourse the Thursday and Friday before the walk from 5pm-8pm.

Speaking to the Killarney Advertiser, Nathan’s mother Marie said they had a “fantastic night” at the launch and she thanked Kieran Brady of Pieta House, Supt Flor Murphy and Sgt Dermot O’Connor for attending. She also thanked MC Brendan Fuller, Dan Devane, Seán Radley, photographer Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan, Mike Marshall and Connie Houlihan who played the bagpipes. She added that she was especially grateful to Pat and Niamh Sheehan of Reidy’s Bar who provided amazing food for all of the attendees.

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Eight month wait for a driving test in Killarney

A Killarney councillor is calling for action in an effort to reduce the driving test wait list in Killarney The current wait list for a test in Killarney sits at […]

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A Killarney councillor is calling for action in an effort to reduce the driving test wait list in Killarney

The current wait list for a test in Killarney sits at eight months.

Cllr John O’Donoghue raised the issue at Monday’s full meeting of Kerry County Council.

He proposed that driving instructors should be employed to carry out the final test to reduce the current backlog.

At Monday’s meeting he asked that hat Kerry County Council would write to the Minister for Transport to ask him to consider giving driving instructors temporary powers to issue a temporary Driving Licence/Certificate of Competence to those on the waiting list for tests.

“The wait is currently far too long and the system is in danger of becoming completely overwhelmed,” he said.

“The huge waiting list for young drivers is well documented at this stage. In a case I am familiar with, a young person passed their theory test in January 2022 and he immediately applied for his mandatory 12 driving lessons. When these were completed, he applied for his driving test on the 2nd of December 2022. Some weeks ago, he still had not received an application to apply for his driving test. This wait is placing him and his family under considerable extra cost and stress which is completely unacceptable.”

In the course of his research into the matter Cllr O’Donoghue discovered that the next available date for a driving test in Killarney is May 25, 2024, while Tralee is June 3 2024.

“Bear in mind, these are only the dates on which you receive an invitation to book your test, the test itself will then be an estimated three to five weeks later.

“This is an appalling situation and one which needs to be rectified as a matter of urgency. I am proposing that driving instructors, which presumably are fully trained up on the rules of the road, be granted temporary powers to be allowed to issue temporary driving licences to young people. When the waiting list time has been reduced, I would still propose that these people sit the test as usual, but the current pressure needs to be alleviated as soon as possible. There is precedent as I believe that in the 1970s, a cohort in this country were issued driving licences without having sat a test as the wait time for the test was too long.”

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Ballymac charity vintage run on October 1

The Ballymac Vintage Club is hosting a classic car, tractor and Honda 50 run on October 1. The run will leave from and return to the Halfway Bar, Ballymac. Registration […]

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The Ballymac Vintage Club is hosting a classic car, tractor and Honda 50 run on October 1.

The run will leave from and return to the Halfway Bar, Ballymac.

Registration begins at 9:30am and sets off at 11am.

“There will be two separate routes with one for tractors and the other for cars and motorbikes. Proceeds on the day are in aid of Castleisland Day Care Centre and we’ll have plenty of spot prizes to giveaway too in the morning,” said the club’s PRO Kieran Glover.

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