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Jack and Betty voted best Ring of Kerry Cycle volunteers

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BEST VOLUNTEERS: Jack and Betty Breen open their house every year and welcome cyclists on the annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

By Sean Moriarty

Out of 1,400 volunteers, it was a very difficult task – but Jack and Betty Breen of Kelly’s Cross, Sneem, won the volunteers’ prize at the recent Ring of Kerry Cycle.

The couple have become synonymous with annual cycle. Each year they open their house and welcome cyclists, feeding them and providing respite in the latter third of the route.

Organisers asked the 6,000 cyclists to pick their favourite volunteer.

Every volunteer was entered in to a draw for free bed and breakfast in the Gleneagle on October 11, the night of the annual cycle’s presentation night at the hotel.

It was a very difficult task for all. Finally the decision was made to place the nominees names into PRO’s Cathal Walsh’s helmet, engage Brendan Coffey (organising committee) at his dental surgery, where the winners name was extracted and overseen by Sergeant Dermot O’Connell.

“Their house has been become an institution and is so important to the Breen's to have this wonderful link with the biggest charity event in Ireland,” Cathal said. “The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Ireland, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists to complete the 180km challenge the spectacular Ring of Kerry. Jack and Betty have opened their house every year and welcomed cyclists, with food, drink, cups of tea and brack.”

 

 

 

 

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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