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Let’s step up our quest for more parking

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LAST July we started campaigning in earnest for more parking for Killarney. That was the height of the tourism season but over the past few weeks the lack of spaces for vehicles as Christmas shoppers descended on town became a frustrating talking point.

It is wonderful to see the town enjoying a whole separate tourism season on the strength of Killarney’s success as a festive destination thanks to the gung-ho sprit of all involved in Christmas in Killarney.

So can a solution to the parking crux be found to enhance the shopping experience for locals and visitors alike?

In the past week alone, two local motorists told me of how they gave up on circling the town and simply turned around drove home again. Surely businesses are losing out? One motorist told me how he had intended on buying items in town but because he wasn’t able to park, he drove the several miles back home and made his purchases online instead. “It is infuriating and frustrating,” he said. “This is a problem. If this was my experience, then how many more have the same story?”

So are we sending people out of town and off our high street – people who would otherwise shop local? Surely we’re greatly reducing businesses’ commercial revenue potential by not addressing this problem.

Another driver told me how she drove around town several times one day over the festive season and was forced to return home again without leaving her car.

Killarney Advertiser has highlighted how a multi-storey car park, for instance in the Glebe car park or Lewis Road, could boost the town’s infrastructure and revenue. What do you think? Let us know at newsdesk@killarneyadvertiser.ie

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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