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N22 public consultation closed but engagement continues

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry County Council says it will continue to engage with residents along the proposed N22 road project between Killarney and Farranfore despite the closure of the first public consultation process last Friday.

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Several resident groups in the Tiernaboul, Deerpark and Coolcorcoran areas expressed concerns on the location of the four different proposed routes in their areas. Kerry County Council and the National Roads Design office are in the process of narrowing down the four routes to one final route.

The public consultation that ended resulted in 350 submissions being sent to the Council and over 4,500 ‘visits’ to the scheme’s online virtual room.

“From the outset of this consultation, the Council stated on numerous occasions that the Project Team is available for direct engagement with anyone who wishes to discuss the matter and while public health restrictions are currently limiting the ability to do that, there has been direct engagement with many individuals while adhering to those restrictions,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There is also a recognition that the online platform might not be navigable for everyone. The Council has also indicated that as restrictions continue to ease, all options for other forms of engagements with the public will be considered. Though the first phase of public consultation has now been completed, the Council and the Project Team are available to engage with anyone who wishes to do so.”

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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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