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Mixed reaction to Main St pedestrianisation plans

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By Sean Moriarty

A proposal to pedestrianise Main St on Saturdays and Sundays during the months of July and August has been put forward by the executive of Killarney Municipal District.

 

Subject to a public consultation process, it is proposed to close the street from 11am on Saturday until 8am on Monday for the nine weekends during July and August.
Council management said that on foot of research that the footfall on Main St during these times last summer was too high to accommodate social distancing measures in the area. The Council also said that this proposal is only for times and dates specified and that there is no intention to extend this proposal further.
“We observed footfall during 2020 and it was in excess of that expected, particularly during weekends in July and August,” District Manager Angela McAllen told a Killarney Municipal District meeting on Wednesday.
The proposal received a mixed reaction from elected councillors with some saying that this is another attempt to fully pedestrianise the town centre while others supported the move.
The current ‘Safe Streets’ plan introduced last July, had previously been extended to at least October of this year. The Main St plan is an extension of this scheme.
The next step for the Council is to advertise the proposal in local media and engage with residents and business owners before the plan can be advanced or not.

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Camera club returns after summer break

Killarney Camera Club will begin its new autumn season with an open night in The Brehon Hotel on September 28. This is the first meeting since the club broke up […]

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Killarney Camera Club will begin its new autumn season with an open night in The Brehon Hotel on September 28.

This is the first meeting since the club broke up for the summer – new members are invited to attend the open meeting later this month .

“Our final competition of the last season was our Open Print competition in June, and 20 unique and enthralling prints were on display in The Brehon on the night. Well done to everyone who put in the time, effort and expense to enter the competition. Thanks also to the many members who were involved in the logistics of bringing the season’s end competition to fruition.,” said club secretary Deirdre O’Donoghue.

“Throughout the year we hold a series of zoom meetings, fortnightly, and also have many in-house presentations of guest speakers , in their respective areas of photographic expertise , as well as occasional photographic outings throughout the club’s calendar year.”

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Kilcummin Comhaltas CCE launches trad music initiative

A new initiative from Kilcummin Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in association with Conor Moriarty sees the branch offer group music classes for those interested in traditional playing. Conor is combining with […]

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A new initiative from Kilcummin Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in association with Conor Moriarty sees the branch offer group music classes for those interested in traditional playing.

Conor is combining with the branch to gather musicians form beginner to advanced to give the ultimate group music experience.

“Its a great chance for newer players to learn from Conor, who himself is a champion musician but also from the other musicians that will attend the group in what undoubtedly will also offer a social outlet to all involved,” said Derek O Leary, PRO of Kilcummin Comhaltas CCE.

Conor has enormous previous experience. He is one of Irelands leading accordion players starting his playing career at the age seven. In 2009, Conor was crowned All-Ireland Champion on Melodeon at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and followed that up by becoming senior All-Ireland accordion Champion in 2010.

He also completed his MA in Irish traditional music performance at University Limerick that same year. He has worked professionally with many organisations including Siamsa Tire and more recently Gaelic Roots the show. He is also a much sought after music teacher where he has always enjoyed passing on his knowledge to the next generation.

The group sessions start on September 27 for an initial five-week term from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm in Kilcummin Rural Development Office.

For further details contact Conor on 087 9698063

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