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Time is running out for those who want to have their say on Killarney’s future with members of the public encouraged to take part in a town sentiment survey.

An opportunity to have opinions heard at a decision-making level has arisen via an online Killarney Community Sentiment Survey, organised by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce in consultation with Killarney Municipal District Council, with the public being asked to share their views on what the town’s infrastructural, commercial and community priorities should be.

Some of the questions asked include:

What are your views on pedestrianisation in Killarney? How to you rate the retail offering in and around the town?

Post-COVID, do you expect the frequency of your visits to the shops to change? What kind of new stores would you like to see setting up in town?

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Niall Kelleher, said it is imperative that as many people as possible have their say on what changes they would like to see as Killarney emerges from the pandemic.

“Opinions on a whole range of issues that could impact on the town’s progress are being sought and the results of the survey, which is completely anonymous, will be analysed by an independent third party to get a full and complete snapshot of local opinion,” he said.

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Public views on the Safe Streets project, accessibility and the standard of age-friendly and disability parking facilities are among the topics included and respondents will also be asked to outline what way their shopping habits have changed during the pandemic and how they feel COVID-19 will impact on their retail preferences going forward.

“An effort will also be made to determine the level of use of facilities in Killarney National Park and just how important the park is to the local people. Views will also be sought on plans to introduce a number of new cycle paths in and around the town,” Mr Kelleher said.

The opinion of the people is also being requested on issues such as public lighting, signage, litter and refuse and what steps can be taken locally to impact on concerns about climate change.

To complete the fully confidential survey, which will take just a few short minutes, go to:
https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=163215380159

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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