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Killarney sporting and cultural museum back on the agenda

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District Council is to make a second attempt at securing a cultural and sporting museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

A previous attempt, in the height of the Celtic Tiger, failed to get off the ground because Fáilte Ireland refused to honour a commitment to visit the proposed site and meet with a local committee.

It was also claimed, that at the time, the centre would only qualify for national funding if it was deemed a site “of iconic importance”, and to qualify for that status it needed to cost in excess of €5 million.

The Killarney committee had costed the project at €3.5 million and had secured a free site on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

At the time the committee had secured a €0.5 million bridging loan from the GAA in Dublin and planning permission was granted. It is not certain if that permit is still valid today.

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Earlier this week elected members of Killarney Municipal Council met online with senior Fáilte Ireland officials to outline plans for the Kerry area over the next five years.

This prompted Cllr Michael Gleeson to reignite the initial proposal and he brought a motion before Wednesday’s KMD meeting.

“I was overwhelmed by the level of support I received from my elected colleagues,” Cllr Gleeson told the Killarney Advertiser. “Hopefully, by now the term “iconic” has been removed from the lexicon of Fáilte Ireland officials. This project will enhance the town – we badly need an all-weather indoor facility for those rainy days.”

Mr Gleeson added that the new museum, if it gets off the ground, would feature all aspects of Kerry sport and culture and will not be a stand-alone GAA museum.

“It will cover everything from Sliabh Luachra to Slea Head,” he said.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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