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Madam’s Hill junction set for yet another design study

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UPGRADE: Mayor Brendan Cronin has been calling for upgrades to the Madam's Hill junction since 1999. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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“Someone will get killed”

By Sean Moriarty

The notorious Madam’s Hill junction on the Tralee Road is set to be the subject of a Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) ‘traffic simulation software’ exercise in an effort to decide what is the best way to construct a new layout there.

The junction and its subsequent approach into the Cleeney Roundabout on the edge of Killarney has long been the bane of local motorists.

Frequent tailbacks, especially during morning rush hour, contribute to long delays in the area. It is also very difficult to gain access to the Tralee-Killarney road given the large volume of traffic there and this adds to local frustration.

Mayor Cllr Brendan Cronin has been calling for upgrades to the junction since “I was elected to the Council”. Cronin was first elected in 1999. He says someone is going to get killed before any meaningful action is taken at the junction.

At the recent meeting of Kerry County Council he asked: “[Has] any progress been made following my numerous requests of the TII to construct a roundabout to alleviate traffic congestion at the Madams Hill Junction, Killarney".

The Council replied: “Movements through this particular junction are currently being modelled using specialist traffic simulation software" and “This assessment, which will be completed in August, will be forwarded to the TII as part of a Junction Analysis proposal for their consideration”.

Cronin said, assessment or not, he would be accepting nothing more than a new roundabout to solve the long-standing issue.

“The Madams Hill junction is also extremely dangerous which I have been trying to improve since I was elected to the Council,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “As one of the thousands of roads users that drive Madam’s Hill daily it's blatantly obvious to every driver that a roundabout is needed here, but unfortunately my main concern is that someone will be very badly injured or killed in an accident before the TII listen to us.”

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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