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McDonald’s say they could close Drive Thru if traffic disruption persists



A customers service agent working for McDonalds Restaurants has told a Killarney councillor that they “may determine it necessary to close Drive Thrus if there is local disruption.”

TRAFFIC: Scenes like this are common place at the entrance to McDonalds.

CONCERNS: Emergency vehicles cannot access the estate because to traffic issued at McDonalds.

For the third time in less than six months concerns have been raised over traffic congestion at fast food outlet.
Traffic at the popular fast food restaurant has increased as a result of the pandemic. Diners are encouraged to eat take away food and the indoor section of McDonalds remains closed.

Traffic, at certain times during the day, queues along Park Road, as the wait their turn at the drive through.

Once they are served, motorists then park on double yellow lines or on footpaths while they await their order or to eat their meal in the car.
The illegal parking is causing stress for locals who live in the large estate to the rear of the restaurant.

They are also concerned that emergency vehicles will not be able to gain access to the estate as a result of the inconsiderate parking.
At a recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District Meeting, Mayor Marie Moloney said: “This is not good enough, people cannot get into their own homes,” while Cllr John O’Donoghue added: “residents are prisoners in their own homes.”

Meanwhile Cllr Donal Grady contacted McDonalds directly. In correspondence seen by the Killarney Advertiser he was told: “We are working with Local Authorities and police and we may determine it necessary to close Drive Thrus if there is local disruption or puts the safety of our employees and customers at risk.” 

One proposal being put forward is to remove the lawn area at the front of the restaurant and to create a slip road in its place. The council also has plans to put extra road markings there.

“It is intended to extend and increase the visibility of road markings. The road lining contractor has been awarded the works and it is envisaged that the works would be completed by the end of January. Kerry County Council Traffic Wardens will monitor and if required, enforce for any illegal parking at this location. If illegal parking continues, Kerry County Council can look at alternative measures,” a council official told  a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

A McDonalds spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser: 
“We are aware of the wider traffic issues in the area and we’re keen to play an active role in addressing any problems. We strive to be a good neighbour and would welcome the opportunity to work with local agencies to help consider solutions.” 



Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake



On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website,


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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments



The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.


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