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Kilcummin community launch three year development plan

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By Michelle Crean

A blueprint for the future development of a community which has a population of over 2,000 people was launched on Monday.

Locals gathered in Kilcummin Community Biodiversity Park where they shared their plans for the lively and growing community situated in East Kerry just five kilometres from Killarney town.

The development of Kilcummin's three year Community Plan was commissioned by the Kilcummin Looking Good Committee (KLG) and was part funded by NEWKD under the LEADER Rural Development Programme and Kerry County Council and the plan has been developed by Tom O’Leary & Associates.

"With a population of over 2,000 people, the biggest cohort being people under the age of 18, it is a given that the village will grow and develop along with its residents," Sinéad Collins from Kilcummin Looking Good told the Killarney Advertiser.

"The future developments that Kilcummin Looking Good hope to implement are underpinned from research, public consultation and take into account infrastructure and different demographics and socio economic backgrounds."

Some of the main features that they hope to work on over the next three years include traffic calming at the entrances to the village, pedestrian crossings and the expansion and development of footpaths, continued lobbying for an upgrade to the wastewater treatment, support the development of the facilities at the GAA grounds and Mastergeeha Soccer Pitch, further develop the Community Biodiversity Park and promote and develop biodiversity in the schools and within the clubs.

And although the Kilcummin Looking Good committee are spearheading these initiatives; a holistic approach including the schools, clubs and community members is pivotal to implementing these changes, she added.

"It is important that we create our own identity as a village and not merely a commuter village servicing Killarney."

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The community has its own unique characteristics and assets that need to be sustained.
"KLG acknowledge securing funding of €25,000 under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020 from Kerry County Council and a contribution of €5,000 from Councillor Marie Moloney. This has allowed the further development of the Community Biodiversity Park with new wheelchair friendly walk ways, a beautifully designed storytelling circle, a ‘sense of time’ area, fresh peat free compost from our organic composter, new raised beds. It has also allowed for the provision of bike stands within the village, national schools, GAA and soccer pitches and so much more," she added.

"KLG deeply appreciate the invaluable contribution of Ian Mc Gregor (Gortbrack Organic Farm) for his work in the development of the Community Biodiversity Park and for his continued guidance and support. KLG also acknowledge the continuing excellent work in maintaining the village and Community Biodiversity Park by the employees from the local Community Employment Scheme. All updates on the continued development of our village and its surrounding areas can be found on the ‘Kilcummin Looking Good’ Facebook page," she said.

"If you are interested in volunteering your time or taking part in any of the upcoming initiatives or developments – everybody is welcome."

Copies of the three year plan are available from the Rural Development Office.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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