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“Incompetent” Minister Ryan delaying N22 road project

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Transport Minister Eamon Ryan is refusing to engage with local councillors in relation to the proposed new road between Killarney and Farranfore.

The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again.

Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project were identified and were put out to public consultation in May 2021.
It was previously promised that the preferred route would be published late in 2022.

This dragged on and on and by November last year, local councillors were growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress,
They wrote to the minister seeking an urgent meeting with him but it was revealed this week that he has not yet replied to the November letter.

“To date no response has been received from the Minister's Office,” a council official told this week’s Killarney Municipal District meeting.
The matter was raised by both Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan and Cllr John O’Donoghue.

“The problem here is not at Council level, it is at Governmental level where either a gross incompetence, or gross negligence on behalf of the Minister for Transport, has resulted in the current impasse whereby Kerry County Council must carry out feasibility studies in order to select the route, and the Minister for Transport appears to be obstructing them accessing the necessary funding to carry out these studies,” O’Donoghue told the meeting.

“He now absolutely must allow the route selection studies to progress as a matter of extreme urgency. I will continue to fight for this impasse to be resolved for as long as is necessary as the current situation is unfair, untenable and unsustainable. I propose we write to the Minister, not asking, but demanding funding so we can take action on the issue. The ball is firmly in Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan’s court and we can’t play until he hits it back to us.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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