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Hopes increase that St Finan’s land can be used for housing

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It seems, at long last, the Land Development Agency will take an interest in St Finan’s Hospital with a view to sing the site for housing development.

A recent online meeting took place between the Minister for Housing, Darragh O Brien Kerry County Council Management, and elected representatives last week.
The meeting was to discuss the potential of using Health and Safety Executive lands for social housing in Killarney.
Cllr Brendan Cronin pushed for HSE-owned land to be used for the construction of social housing. For years he has been calling on the unused St Finan’s site to be used for such purposes.

He attended last week’s meeting.

“I again highlighted the urgent need for the Land Development Agency to step in and examine the construction potential of all HSE and public lands in Killarney, particularly St Finians Lands and building,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The fact that this meeting has taken place last week is a major step forward. My information is that following the meeting with the council management, the LDA will now proceed to make their assessment, evaluation and decisions on available public lands including the St Finans property. I want to reiterate my appeal to the LDA and Minister for Housing, that Killarney Municipal District and its people have been forgotten about nationally for the provision of any kind of affordable housing.

"We are in a situation where working people can't access a mortgage and cannot access affordable housing or affordable sites to build their own homes. There is a major onus of responsibility on the LDA to deliver now for Killarney families, we cannot be ignored and left behind any longer.”

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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