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Health risk concerns at asphalt plant




A group of concerned locals have raised concerns over health risks from an asphalt plant in the Minish area


The Clasheen Minish Action Group will meet at Lissivigeen National School on May 1.

They are concerned that odours from a Roadstone asphalt plan in the area are posing heath-risks.

In December 2022 the Environmental Protection Agency granted Roadstone an asphalt production licence despite widespread concerns by local groups including residents and organisations like Killarney National Park, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Caragh River Catchment Special Area of Conservation, Shehere Bog SAC and Killarney National Park Special Protection Area.
Since the plant opened there have being growing concerns that odours and emissions from the plant are causing health risks in the area.
Last October Kerry County Council held a meeting with the Health and Safety Executive’s Environmental officials from the Health and Public Health Department bit. So far, nothing has come out of that meeting.
“People in the locality have genuine health concerns regarding emissions and odour being emitted from the plant. Why have the HSE not taken ownership of this issue and conducted their own investigation as public health falls within their remit,” said a  local resident. 
“To date it would appear that KCC have had to deal with ongoing issues regarding the asphalt plant and odour on their own. It is clear from speaking with locals that complaints have been made to KCC, Environmental Health and EPA. The EPA are aware of the ongoing issues. Why are the EPA not involved in resolving the odour nuisance issue?”
The residents will also raise concerns on road safety issue due to the increase in the number of large trucks entering the site since the plant became operational.
The residents seek clarity on permitted vehicle movements in and out of the site/
“[We want to] confirm if road markings and signage were undertaken as per planning report” added Mr Murphy.
“[Regarding] the stacking of right turning HGV’s currently taking place on N22, will Transport Infrastructure Ireland undertake a junction review based on increased traffic volumes and their earlier concerns regarding intensification of a road junction during planning consultation stage?"

The Killarney Advertiser sought comment from both Kerry County Council and Roadstone but replies were not received at the time of going to press on Thursday evening.



Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry

This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry. The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry […]




This year’s Three Peaks Challenge, organised by Killarney Cycling Club will raise funds for Down Syndrome Kerry.

The June 15 event,  the only one day cycle event Down Syndrome Kerry is associated with this year, promises to be a fabulous day of cycling and fun!.

The 100km route challenges the stronger cyclists and the 75km route gives cyclists the chance to become familiar with Moll’s Gap which is part of the Ring of Kerry route.
The cycle sets out from Killarney, heading out the Cork Road. The 75km route (one peak) turns right at Loo Bridge for Kilgarvan and onto Kenmare, while the 100km route, (three peaks) heads over the county bounds to Ballyvourney, onto The Top of Coom and then Kenmare. Both routes continue on over Moll’s Gap, passing through the picturesque Ladies’ View and back into Killarney, where all participants will be treated to a burger and drink at the finish line.

“We will guarantee plenty of laughs and refreshments along the way, there are two routes available; 100km or 75km, to meet all abilities, covering some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This is the perfect warm-up for anyone thinking of doing the Ring of Kerry cycle this year or anybody looking for a really well run sportive with great craic compulsory,” Chairperson of Killarney Cycling Club, Kevin Murphy.

All cyclists who register online will be entered into a raffle for some great spot prizes kindly donated by our sponsors, winners collecting their prize at the finish line.

Down Syndrome Kerry’s goal is to help people with down syndrome to make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.
Funds raised from this cycle will help Down Syndrome to continue to provide vital services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and job coaching to their members.
As Down Syndrome Kerry do not receive any government funding, they are totally dependent on your support to continue to make these services available to those who need them.
You can register for the cycle which is €40 for Cycling Ireland members, €20 for accompanied under 16’s on event master:-

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BAR 1661 is teaming up with Pig’s Lane for a night of cocktail mastery

BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21. […]




BAR 1661, the winners of Ireland’s Bar of the Year 2022, are taking up temporary residency in Killarney’s first underground hotspot, Pig’s Lane for one night only on May 21.

The dynamic team at Dublin’s BAR 1661, who have recently taken their talents to venues in Sweden, London, and the famous Dead Rabbit Bar in New York, are now hitting the road to Killarney for an epic takeover event.

Staunchly Irish and fiercely independent, BAR 1661 have two goals in mind; to introduce the world to Poitín and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.
Headed up by their founder Dave Mulligan, the Dublin team will transform Pig’s Lane on College Street for one night only. Since opening just a few months ago, Pig’s Lane has been raising the bar in Kerry with its cocktails, whiskey and wine offering. Kicking off at 6pm, experience a curated selection of Poitín-infused cocktails, featuring a bespoke rendition of BAR 1661’s drinks menu.

The crew will also serve up their unique take on the classic Irish Coffee with their Belfast Coffee, steeped with cold brew coffee, top-quality Irish Poitín, and rich demerara syrup. Guests will be able to chat with the team, get some insider knowledge on how to elevate their own cocktail-making skills, as well as learn insider tips on how to blend flavours to satisfy their own palette.

Two-time World Championship Mixologist and Drinks Development Manager for the O’Donoghue Ring Collection and Pig’s Lane, Ariel Sanecki said of the upcoming takeover: 

“We are very excited to welcome one of Ireland’s leading bars, BAR 1661, for an exclusive collaboration with us here at Pig’s Lane. This takeover is a great opportunity for people to meet with innovative mixologists who will be crafting bespoke creations right in front of them! We look forward to welcoming guests on the night, to what promises to be an epic event, featuring premium drink producers and unforgettable flavours.”

Before the takeover starts, drinks aficionados can join Dave for an intimate Poitín Masterclass. Attendees are invited to explore the diverse landscape of Poitín, accompanied by fascinating insights into its vibrant history and contemporary revival.


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