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Killarney’s first Santa Cycle planned

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COVID-19 restrictions aside, Killarney is set to get its own Santa Cycle this year.
An event is in the advanced stage of planning and if organisers get the go ahead, it will run on Saturday December 5 and will be based at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in Fossa.

Santa Cycles are a popular fundraiser during the festive season and previous events in Dublin and Cork have, respectively, attracted 600 and 400 cyclists dressed as Santa.

If the event gets off the ground it will be the first time such an event ran in Killarney.

Organisers are awaiting details on what restrictions will be lifted on December 1, just four days before the event.

However, they are also investigating the possibility of running the event in smaller groups of 15 or less and setting these groups off a different intervals.

“The route will be from the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club to Ross Castle and back,” event organiser Dermot McGuckin told the Killarney Advertiser.

The Fossa-based Dubliner has been involved in organising big charity cycles in the past.

The event will raise money for yet to be announced local youth charities. Event organisers are seeking volunteers to marshal the event and Mr McGuckin can be contacted on 089 2535777.

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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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