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JulyFest ready to welcome spectators after a two-year absence

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After two editions ‘behind closed doors’ Killarney Racecourse is set to host JulyFest, an exciting five-day summer horse-racing festival from July 11 to 15.

JulyFest is the Killarney Races’ flagship event, a firm favourite with horse racing fans and it is also one of the main society events of summer in Killarney.

“Killarney Races is a boutique festival. It encompasses a wonderful mix of summer horse racing blended with live entertainment on the lawn and indoors, a wide variety of delicious food and beverage offerings, family fun and fashion,” said chairman Chairman Gerard Coughlan.

“The stunning backdrop we race against is without question one of the finest in the world and we’re just a stone’s throw away from the town centre where there will be lots of aprés racing fun and frolics also. The team here simply can’t wait to see crowds back this July, as it really is the people who attend that make this place come alive and a special thank you to our wonderful sponsors who have made all of this possible. Killarney Races is unique, things are a little more special and remarkable here than your typical day out so if you're new to racing come along, all visitors and regular racegoers are so valued and most welcome to join us for a great day at Killarney Races.”

Highlights include the return of the Dawn Milk Ladies Day. Set for Friday, July 15, ladies and gents will arrive in style for the chance to be crowned best dressed lady or gent and take home prizes of a trip for two to Paris and Milan.

This year celebrity judges are TV presenter Anna Daly and Kerry’s own Aidan O’Mahony who will be tasked with choosing the winner!

There will be seven races on each day of the programme and these will be backed up by a full schedule of entertainment.

There will be music on the lawn and in the Jim Culloty Bar after racing each day throughout the festival which will be provided by Tom Cats, SuperCéilí, Jason Fallon, Donal Lucey and Ciaran Wrynn.

“Patrons are advised to come racing early, to nab the best seating areas and enjoy something to eat or drink before racing, gates open two hours before the first race each day. Killarney Racecourse is just a stroll from the town centre with ample on-site free car-parking also. Enhanced facilities are complemented by new hospitality partners and an atmosphere you’ll want to bottle and bring home with you, the only question left is, have you booked yet?” added Mr Coughlan.

Adult admission tickets are available from €20. OAPs and students enjoy a reduced rate admission from €15 per person with appropriate ID and all children under the age of 14 are free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

For further information or to book online visit www.killarneyraces.com.

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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Town centre Safe Street programme extended by 12 months to allow full review By Sean Moriarty The temporary closure of Plunkett St to vehicular traffic has been extended by another […]

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Town centre Safe Street programme extended by 12 months to allow full review

By Sean Moriarty

The temporary closure of Plunkett St to vehicular traffic has been extended by another 12 months.

The closure was revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last month and this week Kerry County Council has started its public consultation into the closure.

The town centre street was fully pedestrianised to allow food businesses to serve meals outside and to facilitate social distancing during COVID-19.

Other measures included the widening of footpaths on New St and High St.

The current temporary closing of roads order expires on December 31 but will now be extended to the same date next year.

The purpose of this new closure is to examine the success or failure of several measures that were brought in during the pandemic to allow social distancing on the town’s streets.

“This involved the creation of buildouts to accommodate Outdoor Dining and the creation of public realm areas, which the closure of Plunkett Street facilitated. Feedback from businesses in particular has been very positive, allowing enhanced offerings to the public who have also voiced their support for these developments in the town,” said Angela McAllen, Killarney Municipal District Manager, said at the November KMD meeting.

However, Cllr Donal Grady believes that several of these ‘buildouts’ need to be decommissioned as they are not being used for their designated purpose and are taking up car parking spaces in the town centre.

“Any place that is not being utilised needs to be turned back into parking spaces,” he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

He added that the lack of parking “is driving people out of town”.

Ms McAllen said the Council would look at what areas are being used to their full potential and their future will be decided during the latest closure’s term.

Town centre regeneration is set to commence next year under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

“The URDF town centre and street upgrade for Killarney was approved in September to proceed to planning and detailed design stage and allows for the consideration for potential inclusion of some of these measures in the wider development of the town centre,” she added.

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