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Hotel’s three-million euro construction project to boost staff accommodation

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KILLARNEY HOTELS’ plans for four new state-of-the-art staff accommodation blocks will not only bring additional employment to the town but also sees the five-star Europe Hotel & Resort come up with its own solution to the shortage of rental accommodation on offer.

The €3 million construction project has been awarded to Griffin Brothers Construction, Castleisland, with construction to commence next month and with the opening planned for August 2018.

The new staff accommodation will include a host of facilities including a gym, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, parking, bicycle storage and extensive common areas.

“We are proud of our commitment to the comfort and well-being of our team, and with the shortage of rental accommodation on offer in Killarney, we realize the difficulty that this causes to our employees from outside of the region,” said Michael Brennan, director of Killarney Hotels.

Killarney Advertiser has over the past year campaigned to highlight the shortage of rental accommodation in the greater Killarney area.

Killarney Hotels' new two-storey accommodation blocks will each contain 10 bedrooms, living quarters, terraces and extensive planting to enhance the surroundings.

The accommodation blocks will include 40 bedrooms, complementing the already existing staff accommodation facility for 70 employees at the hotel. Attracting staff from all over the world, The Europe Hotel & Resort is the jewel in the Killarney Hotels crown.

The 187-bedroom hotel has gained a reputation over the past almost 60 years of sublime service, fantastic food and a staff that constantly thinks of the welfare of each and every hotel guest. Framed by the picturesque views of the Lakes of Killarney, The Europe Hotel & Resort is a truly unique place to escape the stresses and strains of day-to-day life.

Not only is the Killarney Hotel Group investing in a new staff facility at The Europe Hotel & Resort but is also undergoing an extensive renovation project of the restaurant, bar, reception, public areas, car park & an extensive garden enhancement of The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, which is scheduled to re-open on April 23, 2018.

Killarney Hotels has always offered staff accommodation at all of their three properties (The Europe Hotel & Resort, The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, and Ard na Sidhe Country House) and this additional construction demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the Liebherr family to the Killarney region.

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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