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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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