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Minister opens new €3.8m 20-unit social housing development in Rathmore

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It was a busy itinerary for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Mr Darragh O’Brien TD today (Monday) as he visited numerous projects and developments in Killarney, Farranfore, Barraduff, Rathmore and Tralee.

ROCK ROAD VISIT: Minister for Housing Local Government and Heritage Mr Darragh O’Brien TD visited the Kerry County Council Housing Scheme at Rock Road Killarney on Monday going through the details with the Minister was Coroilín Liston and Adam Stack Housing Department Kerry County Council. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

DETAILS: Minister for Housing Local Government and Heritage Mr Darragh O’Brien TD visited the Kerry County Council Housing Scheme at Rock Road Killarney on Monday going through the details with the Minister was Coroilín Liston and Adam Stack Housing Department Kerry County Council Chief Executive Kerry County Council Moira Murrell Director of Services Martin O'Donoghue and Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council Cllr. Jimmy Moloney. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

CHATTING: Minister for Housing Local Government and Heritage Mr Darragh O’Brien TD chatting with Tracey Brosnan as he visited the Co-operative Housing Ireland development in Barraduff on Monday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Chief among the events on the agenda was the official opening by Minister O’Brien and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD of the new €3.8m 20-unit social housing development in Rathmore, Láthair na Mánach and the official opening of An Carrigín, a 28-unit social housing development in Tralee which involved an investment of €5m.

Minister O’Brien also toured the Island of Geese site in Tralee as well as the Áras Phádraig site in Killarney which are currently being developed by Kerry County Council.

“I was delighted to visit County Kerry and to see first-hand the number of housing projects which are currently in development," speaking during his visit, Minister O’Brien, said.

"Having just launched ‘Housing for All’, the Government’s new housing plan for Ireland, it’s particularly exciting to see a wide range of projects which will provide much needed homes for people. It was also important for me to visit Farranfore and to reaffirm Government’s commitment to the investment in water services infrastructure in Kerry. There are numerous water and wastewater projects at various stages of development all across Kerry which I know people are dependent on.

The funding provided by my Department under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) is helping to further enhance the offering of both Killarney and Tralee, two fantastic towns with a huge tourism offering. All in all it was a great trip to the ‘Kingdom’ and I am looking forward to coming back to see even more progress on the projects currently in train.”

In addition to the opening of these estates, Minister O’Brien also paid a visit to a number of housing developments which are currently under construction in Rock Road, Killarney and Lohercannon, Tralee, as well as visiting the Co-operative Housing Ireland development in Barraduff and the Clúid development in Armagh House, Killarney, which contains accommodation for people in urgent housing need.

The Minister’s schedule also consisted of presentations on and visits to the sites of the Killarney and Tralee Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF) Projects, both of which were included in URDF funding announcements by Minister O’Brien in March.

That March funding announcement of €16.06m for the Destination Killarney Project allows for public realm improvements and a traffic management strategy to expand and diversify the town’s core and link it more closely to the National Park, while also regenerating the Áras Phádraig site.

The funding announcement of €15.93m for Tralee allows for the completion of the Town Centre Public Realm, further develop the Island of Geese site and support major areas of intervention for Tralee in relation to its economic growth.

Kerry County Council Chief Executive Moira Murrell and Council officials briefed the Minister on the scope and progress of both URDF projects, and their potential impact to Tralee and Killarney.

In welcoming the Minister to the county, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney pointed to the significant housing construction programme being undertaken by the local authority.
“With the announcement by the Minister on Thursday of the Government’s new 'Housing for All' programme, we are confident that the work that Kerry County Council is carrying out in relation to the provision of social housing will continue to grow. I am also delighted that Minister O’Brien was able to see the progress of the significant URDF projects in Tralee and Killarney and their potential impact and that these will continue to be supported.”

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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