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Hopes Main Street repairs will get confirmation of funding this week

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FUNDING: Cllr Brendan Cronin recently highlighted the poor condition of the paving on Main Street in March. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevski

 

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By Sean Moriarty

Cllr Brendan Cronin is hopeful that repairs to Main St will be allocated substantial funding at today’s (Friday) Killarney Municipal Meeting.

In place of normal Town Hall meetings, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, elected members of the Killarney Municipal District and Kerry County Council officials will meet at Killarney Sports and Leisure Complex, to discuss the area’s roadworks programme and budget for 2020.

In March this year the Listry councillor pushed for repair work to be undertaken on the town’s Main Street. He raised concerns over the condition of the paving on the street. Main Street was refurbished over 10 years ago and the works included the paving of the street, the widening of footpaths and the reduction of car parking spaces from the street’s junction with Plunkett St to Market Cross.

Paving slabs on the street have now become dislodged and are causing a vibration noise every time a vehicle passes over them. The loose paving has become unsightly and some are completely missing and backfilled with asphalt.

It is hoped that funding of up to €70,000 will be allocated to the project at today’s meeting.

“As a result of highlighting road surface issues on Main Street, all going well on Friday, it will receive an allocation of €70,000 for the revamp,” Cllr Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser.

There has also been calls, particularly by Cllr Donal Grady, to carry out these works during the current lockdown. The absence of local shoppers and tourists in the town centre is the perfect opportunity to carry out repair works according to the veteran councillor.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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