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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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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions […]

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Well-known Killarney man, Donncha Crowley, who lives in Woodlawn Park, was joined by his friends and staff from Centra, Muckross Road, to help him celebrate his very special 50th birthday on Saturday. Donncha is a keen cyclist, and well-known for his mastership of Suduko, and expertise on puzzles and general knowledge quizzes, winning many competitions down through the years. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

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Musician Liam O’Connor back and busier than ever

By Sean Moriarty Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions. On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Local musician Liam O’Connor has gone from zero to hero following the lifting on the ban on live music as a result of pandemic restrictions.

On Saturday he played his first gig in over 18 months, next Friday he will release a new single, and before that he will play a special gig in London.

Liam and his family played at the Kerry County Council organised ‘ANSEO’ concert in North Kerry that was run to coincide with the Listowel Harvest Festival last weekend.

It was his first live show since he played at St Brendan’s College, Killarney when he shared the stage with special guest, former Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt. That event took place on March 11, 2020, the night before the country entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.

The ‘ANSEO’ series of concerts signalled the return of live music in Kerry and the O’Connor family shared the stage with other local musicians like Tim O’Shea and his Afro Trad Ireland group.

“People were delighted, they were mad for it, they were obviously missing it,” Liam told the Killarney Advertiser. “But they are not letting go just yet, they are still a bit hesitant.”

This Sunday Liam heads to London were he will help Dan Tim O’Sullivan steer sheep over Southwark Bridge (see page 36 for more on this story).

To cap an exceptionally busy period for the local accordion player, he has joined forces with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame. Brennan and O’Connor will release a new single – ‘Strong in Numbers’ on Friday next, October 1.

They previously performed together at a concert in the Friary in 2017.

“It was such a positive experience for all of us we just had to repeat it,” he added. “So not only have we done this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do the Friary again later this year. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Meanwhile, the ‘ANSEO’ series visits Killarney on Sunday night.

The Fair Hill car park will host two shows featuring: The Gleneagle Concert Band; Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin; The Small Hours; The Rising; Cathal Flaherty and Truly Diverse.

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