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Milltown bypass route unveiled

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By Sean Moriarty

 

The new N70 Milltown Bypass will take over 60 percent of the daily through traffic away from the village. Kerry County Council says that over 5,300 vehicles, travelling between Killorglin and Castlemaine will use the new road when it is completed in just over two years’ time.

The Council unveiled the preferred route of the new bypass at a special virtual launch last Friday.

The new road will run from a newly constructed roundabout on the Castlemaine side of the village and will link with the existing George McAuliffe Roundabout that was built as part of the Kilderry Wood scheme in 2019.

The 1.6km stretch of single carriageway road and hard shoulder will be built on the western side of the village, said to be the fastest growing town in Kerry, and land acquisition will start later this year.

“[The new road] will generate time savings to through traffic and alleviate delays at peak hours in particular at the junction between the N70 and R563, Killarney Road, at Larkin’s Corner,” the online meeting was told.

“The upgrade of the N70 route is supported by objectives in successive County Development Plans, with the need for a bypass of Milltown being a specific objective of the Kerry County Development Plan since 2009, as well as Local Area Plans, and is consistent with national policies for the development of the region and the county. The proposed route will further strengthen the linkage between Tralee and Killorglin which are both within the Kerry Hub Knowledge Triangle.”

The works will also include the realignment of what is known locally as Heffernan’s Bend on the northern side of the village.

However, once the new road is completed traffic coming to and from the Killarney and Fossa side will still have to drive through the village.

The Killarney Advertiser says:

"The road we never knew we needed”

So Milltown is set to get a bypass and while this is great news for anyone who travels between Killorglin and Tralee everyday, it isn’t exactly the most needed new road in the county.

Even the Milltown Chamber Alliance agrees with that and will be objecting to this project.

We are told that the new road will divert over 5,300 vehicles everyday away from the centre of the village. This is very valuable passing trade that the alliance does not want to lose.

However, 30 kilometres to the east, the Killarney bypass and Farranfore road scheme is still being spoken about. While there appears to be some progress plans for building Killarney’s relief road, plans are no where near as advanced as the Milltown project.

For the record, 18,000 vehicles a day use the current Killarney bypass.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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