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Marathon fundraiser for Kenya Education Project

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STUDENT DONATION: Brían O'Shea presented Eddie Sheehy with a cheque of €950 on behalf of Class 1.4 from St Brendan's College. From l-r were: Jack Donoghue, Triona Sheehy, Gearoid O'Connor, Brían O'Shea, Kacper Robak, Eddie Sheehy and Nathan O'Connor.

By Michelle Crean

Setting themselves the challenge of running a marathon and holding a non uniform day helped local students to raise funds for charity.

Class 1.4 from St Brendan's College heard first hand the good work of the Kenya Education Project, set up by local man Eddie Sheehy.

As part of the student's CSPE action project, Eddie spoke to the students about the work the charity has done in the past in Embulbul, Nairobi and outlined the charity's goals for the future in continuing to support children in Embulbul in obtaining an education.

Touched by the work being done, it inspired the boys to do further research. Not only that, but they took on a personal challenge of running a marathon and engaged the whole school also with the non uniform day.As a class group they surpassed the target of 42km and achieved over 72kms on their run and in total successfully raised €950.

"It is great to see the students showing leadership in organising this fundraiser as part of their CSPE action project," CSPE teacher Kevin Cronin said.

"Seeing how they engaged with this project is truly encouraging for the future. Thanks also to Eddie Sheehy for giving up his time to talk to the students on the work the Kenya Education Project carries out."

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Kerry Airport to get almost €1.5m funding

Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025. All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released […]

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Kerry Airport is in line for nearly €1.5m in funding under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

All five regional airports in the country will share a total of €21,100,051 released under the scheme.

Kerry Airport will get €1,434,355 to put towards vital safety operations like air traffic control, fire services and security.

The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, welcomed the funding.

“We are grateful to Minister Naughton, the Department of Transport and Kerry’s two Government TDs, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Brendan Griffin for their continued support,” he said.

“The funding will help to ensure that Kerry Airport remains compliant with regulatory requirements in key areas, such as air traffic control, fire services and security.”

Funding this year for airports will total over €37 million building on the €161 million provided in unprecedented aviation supports during 2021.

“I welcome this funding which will deliver further vital financial supports to Kerry Airport with a particular focus on safety, security operations and air traffic control,” Minister Foley said.

“This funding reinforces the importance and value that Government places on the vital role of our regional airports and how connectivity directly supports tourism and enterprise in Kerry.”

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Town centre Safe Street programme extended by 12 months to allow full review By Sean Moriarty The temporary closure of Plunkett St to vehicular traffic has been extended by another […]

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Town centre Safe Street programme extended by 12 months to allow full review

By Sean Moriarty

The temporary closure of Plunkett St to vehicular traffic has been extended by another 12 months.

The closure was revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last month and this week Kerry County Council has started its public consultation into the closure.

The town centre street was fully pedestrianised to allow food businesses to serve meals outside and to facilitate social distancing during COVID-19.

Other measures included the widening of footpaths on New St and High St.

The current temporary closing of roads order expires on December 31 but will now be extended to the same date next year.

The purpose of this new closure is to examine the success or failure of several measures that were brought in during the pandemic to allow social distancing on the town’s streets.

“This involved the creation of buildouts to accommodate Outdoor Dining and the creation of public realm areas, which the closure of Plunkett Street facilitated. Feedback from businesses in particular has been very positive, allowing enhanced offerings to the public who have also voiced their support for these developments in the town,” said Angela McAllen, Killarney Municipal District Manager, said at the November KMD meeting.

However, Cllr Donal Grady believes that several of these ‘buildouts’ need to be decommissioned as they are not being used for their designated purpose and are taking up car parking spaces in the town centre.

“Any place that is not being utilised needs to be turned back into parking spaces,” he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

He added that the lack of parking “is driving people out of town”.

Ms McAllen said the Council would look at what areas are being used to their full potential and their future will be decided during the latest closure’s term.

Town centre regeneration is set to commence next year under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

“The URDF town centre and street upgrade for Killarney was approved in September to proceed to planning and detailed design stage and allows for the consideration for potential inclusion of some of these measures in the wider development of the town centre,” she added.

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