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Free parking for town centre staff up for discussion

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal Council is investigating the possibility of giving free parking to town centre workers.

Under the proposal, people who work in town centre businesses would be allowed park free of charge in the under-used Rock Road car park.

It is all part of plan to free up town centre parking spaces in an effort to increase footfall in the main shopping areas of the town.

It came about after several elected councillors asked council officials to provide free parking in the town centre, for a limited period each day, to help businesses get back on track after weeks of pandemic related shutdowns. It was also hoped that free parking would offset parking spaces lost as a result of social distancing bollards that have been placed on most town centre streets.

At Wednesday’s elected members meeting Cllr Marie Moloney put forward a motion to offer free parking between 9am and 11am each day to “encourage shoppers to come back into the town for their shopping”.

Killarney Municipal District Manager, Angela McAllen, refused to approve free parking in Killarney town centre.

“It is a budget issue and there is a significant budget gap this year, and car parking makes up a significant portion of this,” she told the meeting.

However, she agreed to investigate the possibility allowing town centre employees the chance to park for free at the newly developed Rock Road car park in an effort to take cars away from the Glebe and Beech Road car parks.

Anecdotal evidence suggests business owners and their employees take up valuable town centre spaces every day.

The Rock Road car park, regardless of the current pandemic situation, is operating well below target and the adjacent coach park has seen very little activity this year.

Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan asked if the Rock Road car park was actually paying its way – such is limited use of the new parking area. “The bus bay has not been used for months," he said.

Newly elected Mayor, Cllr Brendan Cronin, said he could not understand why parking was such an issue, given the reduced number of visitors and events Killarney is experiencing this season.

“People are forgetting that there are 125 more spaces in the Fair Hill car park, Bird’s Amusements usually fill that but they are not there this week,” he said.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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