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Landmark 150th birthday celebration on hold due to ongoing restrictions

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By Sean Moriarty

The 150th anniversary celebration of a popular Killarney pub has been put on hold as a result of the extension of the Government’s pub closure order.

Hussey’s Bar on High Street was first opened in 1870 and its current owner Geraldine Hussey, the great-granddaughter of the pub’s founders, was hopeful she could mark the occasion in a special way during the summer.

Her hopes were dashed on Tuesday evening when the Government announced plans to extend its pub closing order until at least August 31.

Hussey’s Bar closed on March 15, days before the Government’s COVID-19 lockdown.

“I am a fourth generation bar owner and I am celebrating 50 years of pulling pints this year,” Geraldine told the Killarney Advertiser. “We were all set to celebrate this year but it looks like it will have to wait until next year. I have family in Australia too and they are finding it difficult to travel. I would not want to have it without them.”

Geraldine is in the process of refurbishing her landmark bar on High St ahead of a potential reopening date in late August.  include the removal of a dividing wall between the existing bar and a private room in the house to allow for extra space in line with social distancing regulations. The work was not going to be completed before August 10, the initial proposed reopening date, but it will be completed in time for the new date at the end of the month, assuming she is given the green light to reopen.

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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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