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Kilcummin locals fear new road will be ripped up again

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WARNING: Irish Water have been warned to restore the road to an 'as new' condition when it eventually tackles the long-awaited Kilcummin Sewage Scheme.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Locals in Kilcummin fear that their new and long-awaited road will be ripped up again when Irish Water complete the much-awaited Kilcummin Sewage Scheme.

Earlier this year Irish Water reneged on a long-term promise to deliver the scheme and announced that it’s to delay plans for the €2.3m sewerage scheme until at least 2022.

Residents are waiting the best part of 20 years for the scheme and Irish Water had previously committed to starting the project in January of this year.

The reversal of this decision, which was relayed to the elected members of Killarney Municipal District in March, caused widespread anger.

Previously, the issue divided the members, some wanted to press ahead with a badly needed €360,000 road repair project but others were calling for the road works to be delayed to allow Irish Water complete the scheme and avoid further restoration costs.

The March bombshell united the chamber and they voted, unanimously, to press ahead with the roadworks and cross charge Irish Water for the subsequent repairs once the water body completed its programme of works.

However, with the road works completed this week, which has been welcomed by residents and businesses in the area, they remain concerned that the new road will be ripped up again when the sewage scheme goes ahead in two years’ time – assuming Irish Water does not change its plans again.

Local Labour councillor Marie Moloney is calling for Kerry County Council’s executive to ensure Irish Water leave the new road exactly how they found it. It is likely that the restoration works will add to the cost of the already much-delayed scheme.

“I have sought assurances from the [Kerry County Council’s] director of services that the road will be left as Irish Water get it,” Cllr Moloney told the Killarney Advertiser. “We won’t be accepting patchwork.”

As well as road surfacing and drainage works along the Coolcorcoran to Inchicullane stretch, additional works were completed at a concealed junction along the way. Each of the elected members of the Killarney Municipal District contributed to this work from their personal allocation.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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