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HOUSING MINISTER OPENS 20 NEW SOCIAL HOUSES AT ‘LIOS AN FHIA’ IN KILLARNEY

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The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Mr Eoghan Murphy TD, has performed the official opening of a new 20-unit social housing scheme in Killarney. The new estate, called ‘Lios an Fhia’, which was completed by Kerry County Council under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme, is situated at Park, Killarney and is located approximately two kilometres from Killarney town centre.

The €3.1m scheme of two-storey, three-bedroom units will provide homes for families currently in need of accommodation in the Killarney area and are finished to a very high standard. The project was overseen by the Capital Infrastructure Unit of Kerry County Council and was completed by Ned O’Shea and Sons Construction Ltd. Construction began in February 2017 and tenants have moved into the new homes last week.

Opening the new housing scheme today, Minister Murphy said: ‘I can see that this development has been designed and built to a very high standard. I understand there is an already vibrant community spirit in this area and the new residents here, in this new estate, will add to that.’

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley, said it was a wonderful day for Killarney and for Kerry: ‘Today’s development represents further progress on the significant work programme across all housing delivery streams through Kerry County Council and with the support of the government’s Rebuilding Ireland programme.

‘Those who will come to live in these houses will make them their homes and I hope that the new residents who come here will be very happy and comfortable. These houses are of exceptional quality and finished to a very high standard, so I have no doubt that they will make the new residents feel very much at home.’

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said: ‘This development here at Lios an Fhia is a great example of a high-quality development substantially designed in-house by a local authority and a demonstration of the results local authorities can deliver with the support of the Rebuilding Ireland programme.’

The Lios an Fhia scheme was designed by the Capital Infrastructure Unit of Kerry County Council. Architectural, civil and structural engineering services were carried out by the in-house team, whilst QS services were provided by Kane Crowe Kavanagh Quantity Surveyors. The houses are of traditional cavity wall construction with excellent insulation and airtightness levels. Each dwelling has an air to water heating system with underfloor heating to the ground floor and low temperature radiators to the first floor.  All units have an A3 BER rating.

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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