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Multi-storey car park plan back on agenda

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By Sean Moriarty

A multi-storey car park on Beech Road – first mooted in 2005 – could be back on the Council’s agenda.

One of the key findings of a recent survey carried about by Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce was the lack of available parking in the town particularly during the peak summer tourism months.

Several ideas have been discussed at Killarney Municipal District meetings, but apart from the car park that opened on Rock Road there has yet to be any sort of meaningful solution found to the longstanding problem.

Earlier this year elected councillors vented their disappointment after plans for the long-idle Áras Pádraig were unveiled but did not include a provision for a multi-storey car park on the site.

This prompted Mayor Marie Moloney to investigate previous plans for a multi-storey car park in Beech Road.

This was first mooted 17 years ago and fell by the wayside for various reasons but it could be back on the agenda again in the coming weeks.

“The proposal for the provision of a multi-storey car park in the Beech Road car park is contained within the Killarney Urban Master Plan 2005 which was prepared by Murray O'Laoire Architects. Killarney Municipal District Office will make this plan available to the [elected] members,” a Council official said.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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