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Fresh calls for multi-storey car park in town centre

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As the busy tourism season gets into gear, further calls have been made for a solution to the town’s longstanding parking problem. Michael Healy-Rae TD recently threw his considerable weight behind the campaign, saying Killarney is ready for a multi-storey car park.

“It is many years ago that the late former mayor of the town and then Councillor Dermot O'Callaghan suggested a multi-storey car park,” he said. “The only mistake that he made was he was approximately 25-30 years ahead of his time.

“Of course, he was right. The town is ready for a multi-storey car park. Surface parking in a town that is as busy as Killarney is outdated and is a thing of the past. We have to wake up to this reality.”

According to the TEIR 1 tourism report, which was released earlier this year, increasing the town’s parking was the number one recommendation made by visitors who were polled. Improving infrastructure/reducing traffic came in at number two.

Parking was also cited as a major concern by Chamber members with 1 in 4 saying that the current situation was a barrier to tourism development.

We here at the Killarney Advertiser have been beating this drum for quite some time. Would a multi-storey car park, like the one drawn up by our designer above, be viable at the Glebe?

The new Rock Road car park is a step in the right direction but many have voiced concerns that it is too far from the town centre. Residents in Countess, which is a short walk from the middle of town, say that many people simply pull up and park for free outside their houses. In some instances, as our picture shows, these cars are blocking driveways. Not only does this highlight the lack of suitable parking in Killarney, it also shows how keen visitors to are to park as close as possible to the centre of town.

“We have the finest town, the best of facilities, the beauty of a National Park adjacent to it, and great people working together to provide what is a first class service,” Healy-Rae added. “But we have to have the infrastructure in place to cater for the people that are and will be coming over the years.

“We must remember that our locals are also suffering, with large queues of cars every day trying to manoeuvre around the town. We have excellent public representatives in our local authority and we all need to unite in addressing this most serious issue in the future.”

 

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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