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Heavenly news as St Mary’s Church railings project wins top award

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NO DOUBT the resounding rounds of applause could be heard on high when it was announced that the St Mary's Church of Ireland railings project had scooped the coveted overall prize at the Killarney Looking Good Awards.

Presenting Reverend Simon Lumby with the accolade tonight was the manager of the All-Ireland winning Kerry minor team, Peter Keane, who was guest of honour at the ceremony in the Killarney Plaza Hotel. He along with Killarney Looking Good/Killarney Tidy Towns chairperson Yvonne Quill congratulated all the winners and paid tribute to the dedication of the volunteers, Kerry County Council and the business community.

Also addressing the gathering was Councillor Brendan Cronin, Cathaoirleach, Killarney Municipal District Area; Angela McAllen, Killarney Municipal District Area Manager, Kerry County Council; and Eve Kelliher, Editor, Killarney Advertiser.

Killarney Advertiser is delighted to be a sponsor of Killarney Looking Good and the awards were also sponsored by O'Donoghue Ring Hotels and Daly's SuperValu.

The awards were as follows: Best Large Commercial Premises: Quills Woollen Market; Best Medium Commercial Premises: Who’s 4 Shoes?; Best Small Commercial Premises: Noelle’s, Old Market Lane; Most Improved Premises: Black Sheep Hostel, New Street; Best Newly Painted Premises, Large: Killarney Outlet Centre; Small: Music Express, Plunkett Street; Best Public House: Celtic Whiskey and Larder; Best Hotel: Killarney Avenue Hotel; Best Restaurant Cronin’s Restaurant; Green Hospitality Award: Brehon Hotel; Conservation Award: 11 O’Kelly’s Villas, Killarney; Preservation Award: Railings at St Mary’s Church of Ireland; Best Signage: Mac’s, High Street; Best Guesthouse: St Anthony’s, Park Road; Best Private Residence: Colemans, Rock Road; Best Large Estate: Pinewood Estate; Best Medium Estate: Kilcoolaght Residents; Best Small Estate: Millwood Estate; Best Roadside Garden: 'Mar Lodge', St Anne’s Road Best Laneway: Bohereencael; Award for Floral Display: Murphy’s, College Street; Best Kept School: St Brendan's Secondary School; Bio-Diversity Award: St Oliver’s National School; Volunteer Award: Tom Roche, Just Forests; Restoration Award: Gardens at Killarney House; Junior Volunteer Award: John O’Shea, Faughchoille, Muckross; Pride of Place: Gortroe Environs; Best Community Co-Operation: Holy Cross Gardens; Highly Commended Award: 2 Pinewood Estate, 25 Pinewood Estate, 172 Ballyspillane, 5 Belleview Grove.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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