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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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Leona named PRO of the year

By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]

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By Sean Moriarty

She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.

The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.

Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.

“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

As well as her busy schedule managing the media affairs for the Kerry County Board, Leona is also principal at Cullina National School in Beaufort.

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Any victory for Ukraine is important!

By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]

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By Natalya Krasnenkova

On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.

That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.

The Ukrainians from the Innisfallen Hotel were waiting for that too and the overall winner, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, caused a real emotional storm in the hall!

“After my country’s victory at Eurovision, I felt proud, cried, laughed and couldn’t believe it. I am also grateful to everyone who voted for us, because this victory shows how much most European countries support us,” Iryna Melnychuk said.

“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.

Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.

After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.

“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.

After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.

Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.

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