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Fundraising Afternoon Tea Party in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group Health Link Bus

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Muckross Park Hotel and Spa are delighted to support the Kerry Cancer Support Group Health Link Bus and are set to host their Fundraiser event on Saturday 28th April at 1pm. The Afternoon Tea Party will help raise funds for this very worthy cause.  Guests will be treated to the newly launched Mrs Herbert’s afternoon tea at Muckross Park Hotel with delectable pastries prepared by Head Pastry Chef Jens Meister and a glass of prosecco. The afternoon will also include live entertainment and there will be some wonderful spot prizes on the day.

Breda Dyland from the Kerry Cancer Support Group met with hotel management to finalise the event details this week and was joined by Charity Ambassador, Colm Cooper.

Breda noted “The team at Kerry Cancer Support Group are always delighted to be involved in events like this and we are really looking forward to a wonderful fundraising initiative at Muckross Park Hotel on the 28th April. Events like this are of great benefit, not just financially but they also raise awareness of the charity. All moneys raised stay local and quite literally keep our service on the road”.

The Kerry Cancer Support Group believe that “no one should face their cancer journey alone”, the charity is devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to the free programmes and resources. They strive to help people affected by cancer, is a community based, volunteer driven, community supported organisation.  They have been providing a free community service since 2007.

Tickets for the Afternoon Tea Party in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group Health Link Bus are now on sale from Muckross Park Hotel & Spa Reception, call 064 6623400. Tickets for this wonderful afternoon of afternoon tea, entertainment and prosecco are €25. Book your tickets now and help support this very worthy cause.

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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