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Madam’s Hill junction remains on Council agenda

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By Sean Moriarty

 

A junction which has long been a thorn in the side of local motorists continues to be on the Council agenda as new issues in the area have come to light. As a result of increased walking activity in the general Killarney area, pedestrians are now calling for the provision of a footpath to be included in any plans related to the future layout of Madam’s Hill junction.

Previously the Council said that Madam’s Hill upgrade project is part of bigger scheme that will include the entire stretch of road as far as Cleeney Roundabout.

It is hoped the bigger scheme will also address the issues raised by residents of the nearby Bruach na Abhainn estate – a group that made history by taking the first online deputation to Killarney Municipal District late last year.

At the recent meeting of Killarney MD, Cllr Healy-Rae asked both Kerry County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland for an update regarding the provision of a roundabout at Madam's Hill.

She highlighted the fact that accidents and near misses continue to persist at this location, and that people are getting increasingly frustrated when they hear of sums of money being granted to address safety issues at Madam's Hill, but no physical infrastructural works have been carried out.

“Proposals at this junction, as well as proposals to carry out safety improvements southwards and through Cleeney Roundabout, have been developed and are currently being reviewed by the TII Safety Team. These proposals will be presented to the elected members in April/May before finalising them,” a Council official said.

Meanwhile Cllr Brendan Cronin raised the issues that local walkers are facing near Madam’s Hill. He called for the construction of a footpath from the Birchill Estate on the top of the hill.

The meeting was told that the provision of a footpath rests with the Birchil Estate’s developer.

The final phase of construction of new houses in the estate has been delayed due to the current lockdown restrictions.

“The provision of a footpath to link the Madam's Hill housing development to the existing footpath on the N22 towards Cleeney forms part of planning applications granted Planning Permission by Kerry County Council,” town engineer John Ahern told the meeting.

He added that there was a plan in place to build a footpath inside the current ditch/hedge-grow line and that once COVID-19 restrictions were lifted he would seek a meeting with the developer in an effort to get an update on the plans.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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