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Further details of outdoor dining plan revealed

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry County Council has revealed preliminary details of the proposed public Outdoor Dining Scheme for Kenmare Place.

Last April the Killarney Advertiser exclusively revealed that Kenmare Place had been identified as one of the areas in the town centre suitable for public outdoor dining.

It was chosen as the most suitable location for the €200,000 Fáilte Ireland Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Scheme - as other locations in town didn't meet the full criteria.

To qualify for the Fáilte Ireland funding the project must be completed by this coming November.

With this in mind, the Council has proposed to construct a 620 square-metre outdoor dining area consisting of paving, landscaping, and lighting, of which 210 square-metres will be a covered dining area.

The scheme will also include a new three-metre wide paved public footpath and a 700mm-high boundary wall with glass screening along the road's edge.

The project will also include two bus set down areas on the East Avenue Road and two ‘15 minute parking set down bays’ in front of the Handy Stores.

Kerry County Council is inviting the public to examine and comment on the plans.

“Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for purchase, on payment of a specified fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making such as copy,” according to a Council notice.

An advisor is also available to explain the plans by contacting Kerry County Council’s Roads Department on (066) 7183588.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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