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Huge response to Michael’s earthquake appeal

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By Sean Moriarty

Nearly a full truck load of essential aid was donated by the people of Killarney following last week’s devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria which killed 41,000 people.

The collection was organised by Killarney resident, and well-known Turkish barber Michael Kaya.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake ripped through the two countries leaving thousands of people without shelter or food, and with just the clothes on their backs.

It was the biggest earthquake Turkey has experienced in over 200 years and 10 cities and millions of people were affected.

Upon hearing the news of the devastation to hit his home country Michael, who is from Kuşadası and who been living in Killarney for 19 years, put a call out for donations.

He has been overwhelmed by the response from friends, family and customers of his High St barber shop.

They donated clothes, food, nappies and other essentials. Some of the donations came from as far away as West Cork.

He took in nearly a full truck load of essentials.

“People are very good,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “We delivered to Dublin, to an old army hospital and all the donations will be distributed from there. I'd like to thank everyone in Killarney for their generosity, for helping the people from my home country in their time of need."

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Massive Park Road housing development given green light

A private developer has been given planning permission to build 249 new residential units at Upper Park Road. The development, which will be built on a recently cleared site near […]

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A private developer has been given planning permission to build 249 new residential units at Upper Park Road.

The development, which will be built on a recently cleared site near An Post’s sorting office, will include a variety of properties from five-bed houses to single apartments, along with a crèche and over 500 car spaces and over 300 bike spaces.

The development has been welcomed by local councillor Martin Grady.

“Killarney has a massive housing shortage so this is very positive. It will retain young families in the area, stimulating economic growth,” he said. “After 17 years of different planning applications it’s finally coming to fruition.”

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Ballydribeen residents living in fear due to anti-social behaviour

Residents in the Ballydribeen are living in fear as a result of increased anti-social behaviour in the estate. Several serious incidents in the estate have resulted in several Garda visits […]

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Residents in the Ballydribeen are living in fear as a result of increased anti-social behaviour in the estate.

Several serious incidents in the estate have resulted in several Garda visits in the last week.

Local councillor Martin Grady told the Killarney Advertiser that residents are “living in fear” as a result of very serious incidents in the last week alone.

One house in the estate was badly damaged when fire crackers were placed inside a letter box.

Another house had its windows smashed in over the weekend.

“It’s a major problem,” added Grady after meeting residents there earlier this week.

One of the most serious incidents occurred on Tuesday night.

A passing motorists had rocks thrown at his car while driving along the bypass whch is adjacent to the estate.
Taking to social media, local primary-school teacher Pádraig O’Sullivan posted:

“Travelling home tonight, at 11.05pm on the Killarney side of the bypass our car was hit by a rock – not a pebble – from the Ballydribben side , which hit the passenger door.

“It was centimetres away from hitting the window where my father, who is visually impaired, was sitting.

“This could have caused catastrophic permanent injury to him.

“The Killarney Garda were on the scene within three minutes.

“They can’t be patrolling the bypass all night.

“It comes down to parenting. You should know where your children are at this hour and be able to teach them what’s funny and what ruin a person’s life or cause a fatal crash.“

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