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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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