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Glenflesk flood victims may be relocated

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Owners of Glenflesk homes that were flooded during the winter of 2015 or spring of 2016 may be considered for the Voluntary Home Relocation Remedial Works Scheme.

The Government announced details of this voluntary, once-off humanitarian scheme for homeowners last April.

Homes that were damaged by floods will be eligible, but only if they’re at a significant risk of similar damage from flooding again, cannot be protected by other possible flood protection or mitigation measures, and cannot obtain flood insurance.

As things stand, the only application in Kerry is in Glenflesk where, as our pictures show, flooding is a major concern.

Thanks largely to recommendations from politicians Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Michael and Danny Healy-Rae, Kerry County Council are working on a draft design for new flood defences, locals have been informed.

Incredibly, the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Study (‘Flood Risk Review Site Inspection Report’ by Mott MacDonald) commissioned by the government said: “During the site visit (in Glenflesk) there were no visible signs of flooding within the area. The site is not an AFA (area for further assessment).”

“My house was in all three maps they produced over a five year period and was marked as not at risk of flooding,” one homeowner said.

“When they proposed flood defence plans for Glenflesk, we weren’t included. We live at the lowest point in the valley… It’s laughable. One of their plans outlined surrounding a section of Glenflesk with a 1.2 metre high mound, which funnily enough ran down the middle of the juvenile football pitch. I sent them back photos showing several feet of water in one field. It was only through the Healy-Raes that we are this far on.”

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The late Peggy O’Callaghan was a founder of Kilcummin Scor

By Sean Moriarty Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week. Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7. Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Tributes have been paid to Peggy O’Callaghan, who was laid to rest on Tuesday of this week.

Peggy played a central role in all activities related to Kilcummin parish. She passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 7.

Peggy and her husband Michael founded Kilcummin Scor in 1978 – the music and drama arm of the local GAA club.

“It afforded the opportunity to females to participate in club activities long before ladies’ football was initiated and it brought many people into the club, many of whom remained involved in different capacities over the years,” said a club statement.

“She has left us a wonderful legacy and will be remembered fondly by those lucky enough to have met her.”

Peggy will be sadly missed by her husband Michael, sons Diarmuid and Shane, daughters-in-law Trisha and Áine, grandchildren Dara, Caoimhe, Donnacha, Siún and Éabha, brothers Seánie and Frank, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

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Surprise: Details of town-centre inner relief road revealed

By Sean Moriarty Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District. Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Plans to link the Monsignor O’Flaherty Road with New St via a new road at Bohereen na Goun have been announced by Killarney Municipal District.

Town engineer John Ahern told Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting between elected councillors and senior council executives that Kerry County Council intends to make a compulsory purchase order on lands that will link the two town centre streets.

If plans come to fruition it will be possible for motorists on New St to get to the top of High St, adjacent to the Killarney Advertiser’s town centre office, without travelling through the town centre. The plan was first mooted as far back as 2016.

The announcement caught councillors off guard, it was one of the last topics discussed at the four-hour meeting, but it was broadly welcomed by all.

“This access will change the dynamic of traffic movement in the town forever,” said Cllr Niall Kelleher.

Further details of the surprise project are set to be revealed to elected members over the next four to six weeks.

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