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Local club launch first ‘Cycling Without Age’ Killarney initiative

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MADE FOR TWO: Killarney Cycling Club is launching a new initiative at St Columbanus Community Hospital, Killarney, which helps older and immobile residents of the town to regain the experience of being out on a bike and to gain better access to the delights of Killarney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

By Michelle Crean

A local cycling club is the first in the country to become involved in a new initiative to help older and immobile residents gain better access to Killarney town.

Killarney Cycling Club has become involved in international movement 'Cycling Without Age' which was founded in Holland in 2012 and has now spread to 47 countries world-wide. Under the scheme, a pilot cycles with two passengers on a three-wheeled, electric-assisted ‘trishaw’.
“We always considered ourselves to be a very inclusive club and 'Cycling Without Age' is an extension of this belief," Mark Murphy, Chairman of Killarney Cycling Club, said.

"Our membership ranges from Rás Tailteann riders to easy-going leisure cyclists, and from under-10s to over-70s. We also have a mentoring programme which helps adults get back into cycling and gives them the confidence and skills to ride with club groups. 'Cycling Without Age' is a natural extension of this ethos; as we get older and lose our ability to manage on two wheels, it is great that we have a means of still feeling the wind in our hair. With a large proportion of older people in the town, and the National Park at our doorstep, the scheme seemed ideal for Killarney.”

Mark went on to stress that it is a collaborative project and wouldn’t have been possible without the enthusiastic backing of the Kerry County Council, the HSE and Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce.

“Kerry County Council adopted its Age Friendly Strategy in 2018 with one of the key aims being to have locally appropriate infrastructure to ensure people can fully participate in their communities as they age," Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Michael Gleeson said.

"Initiatives such as this are key elements of delivering on this strategy."

Máire Flynn who is Director of Nursing at Killarney Community Hospitals, including St Columbanus, said that she was delighted to have St Columbanus involved in the project and was glad that the HSE was able to contribute to it through its, Community and Voluntary Supports programme.

“We envisage that it will greatly benefit some of our residents and contribute to the work we do to help keep them active and socially engaged."

Mark Murphy explained that those who had spearheaded the project in the club, including Ann Sheehan, Tom Daly and Declan O'Callaghan would be passing on the training they have received to other pilot volunteers as they are coming forward.

There are now 31 trishaws operating in Ireland and this is the first to be operated by a cycling club. Killarney Cycling Clubs hopes it will serve as a model for other clubs to follow.
For further information see www.cyclingwithoutage.ie.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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