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Macroom bypass finally gets the green light

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ABOUT TIME: Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin announced on Wednesday night that the long-awaited Macroom by-pass has been given the go-ahead.

By Sean Moriarty

The long-awaited €280m Macroom bypass – which will alleviate long travel times for Kerry motorists – has finally been given the go-ahead by Central Government.

On Wednesday night, news broke that the new 22km stretch of dual-carriageway from Ballyvourney village to Coolcower, east of Macroom, was confirmed.

It’s expected that construction will take around three-and-a-half years to complete.

The new road will reduce journey times between Cork city and County Kerry and will be welcomed by tourism and industry officials in both counties.

The proposed new road development will begin to the west of Ballyvourney, tying into the existing N22 on the main Cork/Killarney/Tralee route, bypassing the town of Macroom before crossing the River Laney and River Sullane and re-joining the existing N22 at Coolcower – relieving congestion and traffic jams at peak hours in Macroom.

Along the existing N22 there are many accesses and junctions which have inadequate sight distance.

Overtaking opportunities along the route are limited. In recent years, the high accident rates continued, with the N22 ranking as one of the highest fatal and serious collision routes in the country.

The section east of Ballyvourney is a mixture of single carriageway widths, with no hard shoulders or verges and prone to slow moving traffic.

“I am glad to have worked hard from within Government to help secure approval of this significant national road project for the South West region of the country,” Kerry TD, Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, said.

“The N22 project further opens up the National Road Network in the country, providing a better connection for traffic travelling between Cork and Kerry. I also welcome the benefits that this project will deliver, such as connecting rural communities and improved inter-urban accessibility for the South West region and my home county.”

 

 

 

 

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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