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Fourth annual festival to celebrate Kerry’s architectural heritage

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Kerry’s architectural heritage and the county’s architectural landscape will be celebrated during the annual Architecture Kerry Festival this weekend.

A wide range of events including free guided tours and exhibitions form part of the programme for the event between September 24 and 26.

The aim of the festival, which is now in its fourth year and part of the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme, is to highlight the wide diversity of the architectural landscape in Kerry and to make some of the best-known sites of architectural significance in the county accessible to all ages. Due to COVID-19, Architecture Kerry has adapted its programme to reflect the need to run many of its events online in addition to some physical events.

Architecture Kerry has reached out to the public, to bring the people of Kerry together to be part of the celebration. During August, Kerry County Council ran a public photography competition called 'Shapes of Kerry' where people were asked to submit their favourite images of Kerry’s built environment. The top 20 winning entrants will be showcased for Architecture Kerry 2021. Kerry County Museum and Kerry County Library are also hosting exciting new events for Architecture Kerry exploring archaeology and the county’s rich archives and heritage.

Kerry County Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer, Victoria McCarthy, said the programme of events has something for everyone, even those with a passing interest in architecture.

"Following the success of the event last year, we decided to arrange a series of events again this year to promote and highlight some of our unique and attractive architectural heritage in the county," she said.

"Some festival favourites will be opening their doors for free guided tours. This year, Muckross Traditional Farms are partnering with Architecture to celebrate traditional crafts in Kerry with practical demonstrations."

The full programme of events is now available on the Kerry County Council website or via www.architecture.kerrycoco.ie. Victoria McCarthy can also be contacted directly at 066 7183793 or at ArchitectureKerry@kerrycoco.ie.

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By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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By Michelle Crean

A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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