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Listry Bridge could go all the way to the Dáil

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By Sean Moriarty

Longstanding and needed improvement work at the problematic Listry Bridge could go all the way to the Dáil if plans by local councillor Brendan Cronin gets the backing of senior Kerry County Council management.

There have been calls to upgrade the bridge, on the main Killarney to Milltown road, for years.

The single lane bridge, on a road which links Killarney with the Dingle Peninsula, has been the scene of several horrific - some fatal - accidents over the years.

Despite years of campaigning on a local level, the Department of Transport has never allocated large-scale funding to upgrade the bridge.

In the latest round of funding, announced in February under the Programme for 2022 for Regional and Local Roads, the bridge was allocated €50,000. A similar road in north Kerry, the Dale Road, was allocated €2,200,000 under the same scheme.

Cllr Cronin has been pushing for improvements at Listry Bridge “for the 23 years I am in the Council”.

He now wants to bring the issue all the way to the Department of Transport in Dublin. His elected colleagues backed his motion at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

His next step is to bring the passed Municipal District motion before the next full meeting of Kerry County Council.

If it gets passed at county level Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council and Director of Operations at Kerry County Council Charlie O’Sullivan, will seek a meeting with Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to discuss Listry Bridge upgrades at the highest possible level.

“This bridge, on a busy regional road, was designed for a horse and cart,” Cllr Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser.

“After decades of no action, only talk and waffle, it is time to bring it to a head.”

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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