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An extensive and hugely important community survey, that will help Killarney to plan for the future, has been launched.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, in consultation with Killarney Municipal District Council, will be taking the views of the public fully into account.

Submissions for the 'Killarney Community Sentiment Survey', which is completely anonymous with replies fully confidential, will be analysed by independent consultants Repucon to get a full and complete snapshot of local opinion.
The public is being asked to share views on what Killarney’s infrastructural, commercial and community priorities should be going forward and to express their thoughts on what progress has been made.

Opinions on pedestrianisation, the Safe Streets project, accessibility and the standard of age-friendly and disability parking facilities are also invited.

Respondents to the online survey will be asked to share information on what way their shopping habits have changed during the pandemic, how they feel COVID-19 will impact on their retail preferences going forward and if concerns over the virus have impacted on their outdoor activities or hobbies, such as walking and cycling.

An effort will also be made to determine the level of use of facilities in Killarney National Park and how important the facility 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.

The opinion of the people will also be 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.

A follow on from last year’s really insightful informative ‘Let’s Talk About Town’ survey, it will also seek to determine if people’s socialising trends have altered as a result of COVID-19 and just how safe they feel when they are out and about in and around town.

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Marie Moloney, said the survey presents a great opportunity for people to have their say on what Killarney might need and what it might not.

“The town belongs to the people – it’s their town and this is the chance to have their say on how it is shaped going forward,” she said.

“It is very important to get feedback on a whole range of local issues and I would encourage people to give a little bit of their time to complete the survey.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Niall Kelleher, said it is absolutely critical that as many people as possible have their say on what changes they would like to see as Killarney emerges from the difficult pandemic which had a devastating impact on so many lives.

“Towns and businesses must rebuild and there is a desire for change in Killarney to reflect a collective and inclusive voice,” he remarked.

“To rebuild properly we must do it together and this survey will serve as a starting point in changing the ways we do business and how to better satisfy the needs of our customers, locals and visitors.”

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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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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