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Have your say on Kilcummin’s future plan

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SURVEY: Members of the Kilcummin Looking Good committee are encouraging locals to take part in a survey to help develop their three to five year plan for the village.

By Michelle Crean

Over 3,000 locals in Kilcummin are being asked to have an input into the locality's future by completing a survey to future proof their community.

The Kilcummin Looking Good (KLG) committee have contracted the services of O’Leary and Associates to prepare a three to five year plan for the village focussing on developing their community.

Infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, broadband etc., the aesthetics of the community such as green areas and signage, and most importantly the facilities within the community will all be on the agenda.

"This is an excellent opportunity for residents of Kilcummin to have their say in the planning process as the development of the area will impact you the most," Sinéad Collins, PRO - KLG, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 and public meetings, we are asking people to take part in an online survey. A link to this survey will be available on our Facebook page: ‘Kilcummin Looking Good’ and is extremely user friendly."

However, she added that if locals are not able to avail of the survey via their social media site then contact Kilcummin Rural Development from 9am to 4pm on 064 6643357, Tony 087 6258641 or Sheila 087 7944679, and they will arrange for the survey to be posted to you.

"We will endeavour to send the survey to local organisations and community groups and we encourage as many people as possible to complete the survey as it is important that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the future development of our parish."

The deadline for its completion is next Wednesday, September 30.

This community plan is kindly being funded by NEWKD CLG under the Leader programme and is also being supported by Kerry County Council, she added.

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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