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GoFundMe page set up for tragic cyclist

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TRAGIC: Mariusz Kryszak, who died when struck by a car while cycling on the Gap of Dunloe Road near Beaufort, on Sunday morning.

 

“We’re doing everything we can to get him home to Poland”

By Michelle Crean

Killarney hotel staff, who are still shocked at the tragic death of their friend and work colleague killed whilst cycling to work on Sunday, have vowed to raise funds to get him home to his native Poland.

A GoFundMe page was set up for 45-year-old Mariusz Kryszak, who died at approximately 8am when struck by a car while cycling on the Gap of Dunloe Road near Beaufort.

The Polish native, who had been on his way to work at the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Garda forensic collision investigators and scenes of crime officers examined the crash site and the road was closed for a number of hours with local diversions in place. The driver of the car was uninjured and Killarney Gardaí are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

General Manager of the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Jason Clifford, said that staff at the hotel are still shocked as they try to come to terms with the devastating news.

On Wednesday, a GoFundMe page: Mariusz Kryszak Memorial Fundwas set up, and in less that 24 hours raised almost €8,000, with over 150 donations and 164 Facebook shares.

The funds will be used to help his daughter Sandra and the Kryszak family repatriate their loved one back to Poland.

“We’re doing everything we can to get him home to Poland,” Jason Clifford told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).

Mariusz worked in the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens for the past 15 years, starting out as a kitchen porter before changing department to front of house. He was also a well-loved member of staff in the Europe Hotel where he worked in the spa and concierge when the Dunloe was closed during the off season.

“Everybody is devastated here at the hotel and in the Europe Hotel,” Jason said. “He was a big part of our work family here at the Dunloe. He was more of a friend than a work colleague.”

Jason added that Mariusz liked being front of house as he had a special way with people especially on a personal level.

“He was wonderful with customers. He always made time for everybody and gave people his full attention. Everybody was fond of Mariusz because of his personality. He’ll be truly missed by his work colleagues and friends. Our thoughts are with his family.”

To donate go to www.gofundme.com/f/mariusz-kryszak-memorial-fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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