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Macroom to Baile Bhuirne bypass Officially Opens

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The final section of the N22 Macroom to Baile Bhuirne bypass has been officially opened marking the completion of the €280 million project, funded by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, and progressed under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040.

The ribbon was cut on the last 6 km section by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Frank O’Flynn, Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan, together with the Chief Executive of Cork County Council Valerie O’Sullivan and Chief Executive Peter Walsh of Transport Infrastructure Ireland on Monday.

The new section of road features one of the deepest cuts ever excavated and blasted in Ireland. Over 500,000 m3 of rock was broken and blasted over a two-year period from this section, with the rock recycled to form the foundation of the road throughout the project.

Construction of the 22km road began in January 2020 with contractors Jons Civil Engineering Company Ltd and John Cradock Ltd working together as a joint venture. J.B Barry & Partners are the Contractor’s Designer and Mott MacDonald is the Employer’s Representative on the project.

2,200 WORKERS

The number of work-hours during the construction stage amounts to 1.8 million. There were 2,200 people directly involved including engineers, designers, planners, supervisors, excavator and dumper drivers, carpenters, steel fixers, pipe layers, pavement laying crews and traffic management operatives. Over 300 construction staff were working each day during the peak.
The completed dual carriageway extends from the eastern side of Macroom at Coolcower to the townland of An Sliabh Riabhach on the western side of Baile Bhuirne. Macroom Town with Baile Mhic Íre and Baile Bhuirne bypassed as part of the project, marking a major upgrade on the road infrastructure between Cork and Kerry. It features four junctions and 101 principal structures including four river bridges, four overbridges, 15 underbridges, retaining walls, bases for variable message signs, culverts, and environmental barriers.

WELCOMED

The 22km stretch of road bypassing both Ballyvourney and Macroom on the road from Kerry to Cork city, is a major step forward and will enhance the journey of thousands of commuters and visitors between both counties, according to Fianna Fáil Councillor, Michael Cahill.

“The reduction in travel times between Kerry and Cork City is immensely welcome for all those who travel the route regularly and the removal of the frustration of sitting in traffic jams is a godsend. Many Kerry people need to travel regularly to Cork for work, health, leisure, etc, and vice versa for many Cork residents. Irish and foreign visitors also will benefit from the smooth transition between the two locations” stated Councillor Cahill.

“This, coupled with the ongoing works on the Adare Bypass on the border with Limerick, will open up Kerry for increasing numbers of visitors and commuters throughout Munster and Ireland for years to come” said the Rossbeigh based Councillor.

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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