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."
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.
Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan
By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]
By Sean Moriarty
Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.
The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.
The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.
Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.
Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.
“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.
Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience
Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]
Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.
It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.
The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.
Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.
He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.
Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.
“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.
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