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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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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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