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Kilcummin road repairs finally get the go-ahead

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By Sean Moriarty

Over half a million Euro has been allocated to road improvement and associated works in the Kilcummin area as part of the county’s Road Works Programme for 2020.

The funding was confirmed at a special meeting of Killarney Municipal District elected councillors and officials last Friday.
It is a victory of sorts for the residents of the area who have been campaigning for years to have road improvements done in their area.

Until March this year the County Council was holding off on carrying out road works in the area as it was waiting on Irish Water (IW) to compete a much-awaited sewage scheme in the area and officials were concerned that any new resurfacing works would be damaged during the pipe laying works.

The issue divided opinions in the Council chamber, some councillors were calling on the road works to be carried out for safety reasons but others wanted to hold off and wait until the sewage scheme was completed to avoid any unnecessary damage and subsequent repair bill to new road surfaces as “doing a road to dig it up again is not the way to do business”.

In March this year, Irish Water dropped a bombshell and announced it had decided to delay plans for the €2.3m sewerage scheme until 2022.

IW’s announcement sparked outrage at the March Council meeting and at the time the Chamber was unanimous in its decision to now press on with the works and counter-charge the water agency for any damage it will cause to the new road network.

On Friday, that threat took a step closer to reality after the Council approved large-scale spending in the area.
Local councillor Marie Moloney was one of those who wanted to hold off on repairing the roads until the sewage scheme was completed.

“We are adamant that Irish Water will have to reinstate the roads to the standard they got them in and Kerry County Council have said they will put that stipulation in any contract,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “The funding is welcomed. The roads are in a dangerous condition and it is not safe for walkers and people are complaining about damage to cars.”

The Coolcorcoran road will get €210,000 while Kilcummin village itself has been allocated €189,726 including €80,000 for footpaths and a pedestrian crossing in the village.

Additionally, the Lawlor’s Cross to Finnegan’s Cross stretch has been allocated €171,500 for repairs and upgrades.

This allocation of funding does not include works at Finnegan’s Cross, the scene of a number of fatal accidents including an elderly husband and wife in January this year. Funding for this junction has been applied under a separate application, however damaged fencing at this location will be repaired in the current funding.

Money has also been released for the road from Coolick to Rossanean and €3,800 for drainage works at Knockinane East.

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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