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Main St to close to traffic until late December

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ROAD DAMAGE: Cllr Brendan Cronin highlighted the poor condition of the paving on Main Street in March. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

By Sean Moriarty

Main St will close to traffic from next Tuesday until the end of December for re-paving works.

The works, which are part of the agreed Killarney Municipal District Works Programme for 2020, will take place in phases over several weeks with every effort being made to limit disruption for local businesses, shoppers and pedestrians.

An investment of €100,000 is required for the replacement of the granite paving blocks on the carriageway along the street.

The works, which will be substantially completed by the end of next month will require an additional bedding in period and it is expected the street will not re-open fully until the end of December.

However, the street will remain fully open for pedestrians and localised deliveries will be facilitated.

“Local businesses were briefed on the project which, on completion, will require approximately one month to allow the new surface to bed in. It is envisaged that the street will reopen to vehicular traffic at the end of December,” said a Council statement.

Cllr Brendan Cronin, the Mayor of Killarney, called for these works to be done at a Council meeting earlier this year and welcomed the news. He asked the people of Killarney to be patient while the works are going on.

“There is no good time to do works like this, but with the lockdown in place this is the best of any time to do this. Anyone involved in construction will tell you that concrete does need time to settle,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

The original granite brick surface on the street is over a decade old and the commitment to repair the road surface was contained in the recently adopted Works Programme for 2020. Small sections of the carriageway (roadway) will be completed during each phase of the work and access to all local business will remain fully open to pedestrians at all times.

Traffic diversions will be in place via The Ha-Ha, East Avenue Road and Mission Road.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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