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Killarney honour for Paul McGinley

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THE Killarney Golf & Fishing Club president Breda Duggan, club captain Derry McCarthy and lady captain Sheila Crowley led tributes to golfing legend Paul McGinley when he arrived at the club yesterday evening.

The club presented Paul with the award of honorary life membership during a function attended by many former club presidents and captains. “This award was offered to Paul in December 2014 by the then-club president, Denis Cronin, just months after Paul, as team captain, had led his European Team to victory in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland,” said golf club PRO Victor Mulcahy.

Denis had previously met with Paul on a number of occasions, including in January 1993 when Denis was the club captain. An exhibition/challenge match was arranged to mark the club’s centenary year. “Paul, who was partnered by Philip Walton, defeated John McHenry and our own Eoghan O’Connell by 68 strokes to 71 strokes,” said Victor.

“Denis was also present when Paul and Padraig Harrington famously defeated Tiger Woods and Davis Love 111 at Oakland Hills USA in the 2004 Ryder Cup.”

Paul accepted honorary life membership in January 2015. Paul’s career includes three Ryder Cup successes in 2002, 2004 and in 2006, when the Ryder Cup was played at the K Club in Co. Kildare. "Paul has remained undefeated in his singles matches in the Ryder Cup and has also won nine tournaments worldwide," said Victor.

"These include his winning partnership with Padraig Harrington in the World Cup of Golf when it was played at the Ocean Course Kiawah Island South Carolina USA in 1993. Padraig is also an honorary life member of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club."
 


 
Above: Paul McGinley receiving his honorary lifelong membership of Killarney Golf Club, presented by President (2015) Denis Cronin, Lady Captain Sheila Crowley, Captain and President (2017) Breeda Duggan.
Pic: Dylan Clifford

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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