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Horse traffic management plan still on Council’s agenda

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By Sean Moriarty

A proposal to change the way horse traffic is managed in town - first mooted in January last year - is still on the Council’s agenda. Despite remedial work having been carried out late last year using specialised road surfacing material, ruts are beginning to appear on Mission Road again.

In the past horse and carts used to ferry tourists around Killarney were blamed for the poor condition of the road. However, they have now been grounded for the best part of year.

“Mission Road is failing again where the horse and carts travel. What is Kerry County Council’s plan to deal with this?” asked Cllr Niall Kelleher at last Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal meeting.

In January 2020, before COVID-19 restrictions, several councillors called for a jarvey plan to be adopted in the town.

At that time the Council meeting was told that the surface of Mission Road, which was resurfaced in January 2017, was already showing signs of deterioration.

Just over a year ago the Council said it was researching various resurfacing materials including looking at how horse traffic was managed in New York’s Central Park.

“The performance of this road is being monitored. Hopefully when the COVID restrictions are eased, horse drawn traffic will return to this road, therefore give us a better indication on how this surface will react. This will assist in our determination on how best we deal with horse drawn traffic on Mission Road as well as other roads within the town,” a Council official told the meeting.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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