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Meet Kerry’s new mayor, Councillor John Sheahan

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A FINE GAEL councillor in the Killarney Municipal District, John Sheahan, has been elected Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council at the annual meeting of the County Council today.

Cllr Sheahan, who has been a member of the council since 2007, was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Cathaoirleach for the next twelve months. Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen (FG) has been elected as Leas-Cathaoirleach.

Speaking following his election, Cllr Sheahan, who succeeds Cllr Michael O'Shea (FF), said he was honoured to take up the role: “To become Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council is indeed a great privilege. It is one which I am humbled to take on. I am very conscious that this is a role which relatively few people have occupied since Kerry County Council was established in 1899 so it is a position which I come to with great humility and respect for the role.”

Addressing his colleagues at County Buildings, the Cathaoirleach paid tribute to his predecessor, Cllr Michael O’Shea, and said: “I hope I will serve as a fair and effective Cathaoirleach for the twelve months ahead and I am sure that, with your support, we can achieve a lot in the coming period.”

The four Municipal Districts in the county also held their annual meetings today and the following were elected as Cathaoirligh/Leas-Cathaoirligh in their respective areas:

Mayor of Tralee - Cllr Norma Foley (FF) / Deputy Mayor – Cllr Graham Spring (Lab)

Cathaoirleach of South and West Kerry Municipal District - Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald (FG)/Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr Norma Moriarty (FF)
Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District - Cllr Niall Kelleher (FF)/Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr John Joe Culloty (FF)
Cathaoirleach of Listowel Municipal District - Cllr John Lucid (FF)/Leas Cathaoirleach – Cllr Jimmy Moloney (FF)
 


 
Above: The Mayor of Kerry, Councillor John Sheahan.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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