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Finnegan’s Cross allocated €200k in safety funding

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By Sean Moriarty

A notoriously dangerous junction on the Killarney to Tralee road has been allocated €200,000 for road safety works. Finnegan's Cross, Kilcummin, the scene of several serious, some fatal, accidents in recent years has been included in the 2021 Safety Improvement Works on Regional and Local Roads funding scheme.

Earlier this year an elderly woman was killed in a car crash on the Killarney side of the junction. Last March another collision claimed the life of another woman on the Tralee side of the cross and a cyclist died after being knocked from his bicycle in the area last summer.

Cllr Marie Moloney lives very close to the junction. She has been a long-time campaigner for safety upgrades at the junction and has raised concerns about road safety in the area for years. “I very much welcome these allocations in particular the €200,000 for safety works at Finnegan's Cross, Kilcummin, an issue that I have been working on since elected to Kerry County Council,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “This dangerous junction has been the scene of many accidents over many years and unfortunately was the location where lives were lost in recent years.”

Mayor of Killarney Cllr Brendan Cronin is another politician that lives relatively close to Finnegan's Cross. He raised his concerns at a Killarney Municipal District meeting just days after last March’s fatal accident in the area.

“There have been numerous serious accidents over the years at this location and repeated requests for funding, hopefully this work will improve safety for all road users,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

The funding was also welcomed by Cllr Maura Healy-Rae.

Additionally, funding has been granted to other Killarney Road Safety projects including €30,000 for Listry Bridge; €70,000 for Dromcarbin Bridge, Glenflesk, and €120,000 for Gortdarrig Bridge, Shrone.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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