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Free parking for two days a week at Rock Road car park

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District of Kerry County Council has announced that parking charges have been suspended on Thursdays and Fridays at the Rock Road Car Park in Killarney until the end of August 2020.

There has been widespread concern that the new “Safe Streets’ initiative, introduced to allow town centre visitors to social distance led to the reduction of street parking.

“The [Rock Road] measure is being taken to assist with traffic flow over the summer period and encourage use of the car park which is in close proximity to the town centre.” A Killarney Municipal Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

The news, earlier this week, that Bird’s Amusements will not be taking up their usual position in the Fair Field car park will release a further large amount of car parking spaces in the town centre for the summer season.

Cllr Marie Moloney, while welcoming the announcement, says the move does not go far enough to encourage locals to visit the town centre.

At a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting she proposed that no charges should be implemented in the Glebe and New St car parks from 9.00am to 11.00am each day.

“Rock Road, might be good news for staff working in the town centre, but it is too far out for elderly or young parents with pushchairs. Killarney is a tourist town, allowing free parking in the town centre for locals every morning, before the town gets busy is what I proposed,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Otherwise the town will die.  When you analyse the numbers – free parking at Rock Road for two days or free parking for two hours every day in the town centre – it is the same amount of hours.”

 

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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