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“It’s the worst it’s ever been”

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NOISE POLLUTION: Residents in Whitebridge Manor say they are tormented with the noise of vehicles near their homes. Pictured at the front were: Angela Cremins, Noreen Dineen and Denis Murphy with Anne Brosnan, Caroline Hurley, Mike Brosnan, Sean O’Sullivan, Joe Hurley, Gerry Dineen, Bridie O’Sullivan, George McSweeney and Maureen Breen. Photo: Michelle Crean

Locals say noise levels from nearby road are unbearable

By Michelle Crean

Fed up residents in one Killarney estate say that continuous noise levels 24 hours a day from passing trucks and cars are making their lives a misery.

Locals in Whitebridge Manor beside the N22 which is just outside their front doors, say the nearby road has become so busy day and night that it’s now hard to get a good night’s sleep.

They’re now calling on the Council to install a sound barrier and more importantly to resurface the road which they say is so worn down it’s making the sounds louder.

The issue was brought before the Council at a recent meeting in Killarney, as locals, who say they are at their wits end, contacted Cllr Maura Healy-Rae for help.

She asked the Council and the TII what progress has been made for a much needed sound barrier to ease residents daily torment and the provision of a crash barrier to ensure residents’ safety, saying that she had a previous notice of motion over a year ago.

Local man Denis Murphy, who has lived in the estate for the last 35 years, says the situation is now the worst it has ever been.

He explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week how he remembers the old road being a lot quieter and that the noise has worsened significantly in recent years – as the tar on the road has become so worn down from the constant vehicles.

“I’m fully convinced that if they resurface the road it’ll make an awful lot of difference,” Denis said.

“I’m here 35 years and when I moved here first it was the old road. I can’t recall it ever being tarred since. The stones up on the main road – that’s certainly making the noise worse especially as the traffic has got busier.”

He added that homeowners have taken measures themselves to lessen noise levels.

“All the houses facing the road have put in double glazing windows – we’ve had to put them in because of the noise. We’re fed up. The traffic is constant – it’s going all the time. If I wake up at 6am it’s busy. The passing tracks are massive and they’re all going early in the morning.”

In their reply, the Council said that Noise Assessments will be carried out this year at a number of locations, including along the N22 at Whitebridge.

‘On completion of this assessment, appropriate mitigation measures will be identified where warranted. The provision of safety barriers within the speed limit is not automatically warranted. A Risk Assessment will be carried out Q2 2019’.

 

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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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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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