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Lewis Junction safety works planned for 2020

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Upgraded works at the Lewis Road Junction which will include a new roundabout - are to go ahead – but it’ll take a least another year.
Serious accidents and loss of life have occurred on the busy road, which sees over 18,500 vehicles pass through every day.
It has a current speed limit of 100kph and is deemed one of the most dangerous roads in Kerry. On Monday afternoon last week, a motorist was caught up in an accident as the driver tried to exit the Upper Lewis Road out onto the busy bypass.
According to Kerry County Council the Part 8 Public Notice for the proposed works at this location will be published this month. On completion of this process, the land acquisition process for the necessary lands will be commenced and it is hoped to have the lands acquired and to have the Construct Contract procured by the end of 2019 with the works being carried out in 2020.
Cllr Niall Kelleher welcomed the news that the works will be going ahead next year although he says people are anxious to see it done sooner.
Cllr Kelleher and Suzanne Dennehy, whose sister died on the road a number of years ago, gathered 5,000 signatures, which were handed to Minister’s office.
“I’d like to see it done in the morning but land has to be acquired – it’s a large scale project,” Cllr Kelleher told the Killarney Advertiser.
“The speed limit review is gone back to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
“The speed limit will be reduced where the proposed roundabout will be back to Cleeney roundabout.
“The underpass will be a welcome addition to pedestrians and cyclists to allow them cross safely from one side to the other especially Legion and Celtic residents in the area.
“I can very much understand the frustration by the general public asking why can’t it be done straight away, but it’s with the TII and at the last stages – so hopefully in the next month or two.
“While the TII have committed to it I’m calling on Minister Ross and Griffin that once we’ve our job done that the funds are made available as soon as possible. Every day is critical.”

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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