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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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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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