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Finish line is sight for Killarney Micro Track

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By Sean Moriarty

The team behind Killarney’s new micro track are asking the people to remain patient as they prepare for the track’s official opening.

Construction is all but finished at the New Road amenity, perimeter fencing and goalposts were due to be installed this week and Moloney Construction are in the process of completing tasks on the snag list – a normal process in any building project.

It was hoped that the facility would be officially opened next month and that it would be possible to allow sports clubs and individuals to pre-book slots at the track which also boasts an astro-pitch and a basketball court. The track’s floodlights were successfully tested on Monday.

However, new COVID-19 regulations have thrown their plans into disarray. With the situation changing every day they have been forced to delay plans until they get a better idea on how they might be able to accommodate and manage large groups.

Plans for an official opening, which was to include a list of big name Irish athletes, have been put on hold.

Officials are also waiting on Department of Education guidelines as the facility was always going to be made available to local schools free of charge.

“Bear with us,” fundraiser Jerry Griffin told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are a group of volunteers and without the work of these volunteers there is no way we would be where we are today. This facility will be open to every club in Killarney but we are trying to set up a proper booking system – we don’t have a receptionist waiting at the other end of the phone – and all that is up the air with the virus. Please be patient with us, delaying the opening is the sensible thing to do.”

Fundraising for the €140,000 project remains on-going via Killarney Micro Track’s GoFundMe page.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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