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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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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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