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Flood relief works planned for Foiladown/Glenflesk areas

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A major flooding issue, which has plagued homeowners in the Foiladown and Glenflesk areas for decades is soon to come to an end, as councillors unanimously voted in favour of flood relief works this week.

At Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District meeting, held in Castleisland, councillors voted in favour of the construction of a 130 metre long reinforced concrete retaining wall tying into a flood defence embankment of 125 metres in length.

The proposed works, which are approximately 500m South West of Garries Bridge on the local L7059 road, will potentially protect three local houses from future flooding.

Families in the area have been hit hard by flooding for many decades, including more recently in December 2014 when the levels of water rose to 900mm.

Cllr Donal O’Grady said that it was 'an awful way for families to live', while Cllr Michael Gleeson said 'flooding has been an issue in the area going back as far as the 1940s’.

“I know of the damage water can do,” Cllr Gleeson said.

“I support the clearing of the banks. The Council has to be able to secure these homes."

However, residents in the Foiladown and Glenflesk areas are very concerned about the proposed works

They have requested that these works do not go ahead until the River Flesk is cleared of all obstructions, bushes, and blockages such as gravel and silt.

In response, Kerry County Council said that a separate application has also been made to the OPW for flood relief works, involving the clearance of vegetation along the River Flesk.

'The council has been actively engaging with the OPW on securing the funding sought in this application and are in a position to commence the works as soon as funding is approved.

‘It is considered that the proposed development, which will provide protection to three properties on the L7059 from flooding from the River Flesk, is in accordance with the provisions of the Kerry County Council Development Plan 2000-2017'.

 

 

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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