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Loreto and Lissivigeen kids have all the right answers

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There was huge excitement in the INEC on Sunday, January 28 when 64 primary school teams from all over South Kerry competed in the annual Killarney Credit Union School Quiz.

Scoil Bhríde Loreto emerged victorious in the Under 11 category and Lissivigeen National School came first in the 11-13 section.

This year, 20 primary schools were represented in the quiz with parents, pupils and teachers all in attendance. Killarney Credit Union has been hosting the quiz for over 20 years.

In the Under 13 section, first place went to Lissivigeen National School represented by Shane O’Sullivan, Hannah Ryan, Oisín Dineen, and Aoibhín Kelly. Second place went to Gaelscoil Faithleann represented by Daire Ó Briain, Adam Ó Súilleabháin, and Sinéad Olibhéar and Conor Sowerby. The 3rd place position went to Fossa National School with team members Finn Kennelly, Roan Daly, Philip Lyons and Olivia Gaffey.

In the Under 11 category, 1st place went to Scoil Bhríde Loreto represented by Craig Leggate, Luke Courtney, Paddy Moore and Norah McGlynn. 2nd place went to Cullina National School with a team consisting of Rachel O’Loughin, Dimitris Charalampakis, Fionán O’Sullivan, and Eanna Coffey. 3rd place was awarded to St Oliver’s National School whose team members were Aoife McClarence, Seán O’Leary, Max O’Gara, Kevin Looney.

Each participating school received a gift from Killarney Credit Union. “We would like thank all those that participated in the quiz this year as well as parents, pupils and teachers who attended on the day,” said marketing officer Karena McCarthy. “We would also like to acknowledge the staff, management and volunteers who helped out with correcting, stewarding and adjudication.”

Each of the winners received trophies while a perpetual cup will be given to those who finished in 1st place.

The 1st and 2nd placed teams will go on to represent their school in their age category at the Chapter 23 Regional Quiz on Sunday, March 4 at 2pm at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee.

 

 

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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