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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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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