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New bike railings installed across town

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By Michelle Crean

Brand new bicycle parking stands have been installed in various parts of the town - helping to reduce access issues on some of Killarney’s main streets.

Less bikes will be attached to poles and railings, creating easier walking for pedestrians, due to the installation of the new facilities on Main Street, High Street, Courthouse, Hahah and New Street - with more in the coming weeks.

Over 30 bicycle stands will be installed altogether, along with a covered bicycle bay and it’s hoped the initiative will increase the number of people cycling.

The move comes after Kerry County Council received a grant of €16,000 under the Outdoor Recreation infrastructure Scheme administered by South Kerry Development Partnership (SKPD), through the Department of Community and Rural Development, in a bid to promote cycling as a sustainable travel alternative in the town.

“Killarney Municipal District is aiming to increase cyclist volumes into and around the town in the coming years through the provision of infrastructure including secure cycle parking facilities at convenient locations around the town,” Eileen O’Donoghue from Killarney Municipal District told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is to further promote cycling as a sustainable travel alternative in the town.”

Councillor Michael Gleeson, Mayor of Killarney, welcomed the addition of the bicycle stands to the town and is looking forward to the addition of a covered bicycle stand as part of the project.

“The development of safe and accessible infrastructure is key to the promotion of cycling,” he said. “Not alone are there significant health and environmental benefits of cycling its promotion should also help to alleviate traffic in the town.”
He added that he has, for quite some time, been promoting cycling lanes and covered/safe parking for bicycles.

“Killarney and south Kerry should actively promote themselves as the prime areas for safe and healthy cycling. The potential is enormous. The overall area is so well known for the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara cycles that much of the beauty of the entire area is legendary. The message needs to get out there that towns, villages and businesses have a Céad Míle Fáilte for the cyclist and offers them safe and secure and easily accessible parking locations.”

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Pedestrianisation poll: Our readers have their say

By Sean Moriarty The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it. A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The question of pedestrianisation in the town centre has divided Killarney for years but a survey by the Killarney Advertiser this week shows the town slightly more in favour of it.

A total of 37.14 percent of respondents want the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St to remain as it is – closed to traffic on a permanent basis while 24.76 want it to go back to its pre-pandemic arrangement where the street was only closed to vehicular traffic between 7pm and 7am each night.

An additional 34.29 percent want to see an increase in pedestrianisation in town centre by extending the Main St arrangement that was in place during the summer. In that period the town’s main thoroughfare was closed to traffic, day and night, during the weekend.

Only 20 percent of the respondents want to abolish pedestrianisation altogether, but that is still a significant number ensuring that this debate will linger on for a long time yet.

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National television exposure for local campaign

By Michelle Crean A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign. Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – […]

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A local group hosting a life-saving information day tomorrow (Saturday) are to receive huge exposure on national TV after a crew came down to interview them about their campaign.

Members of Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) – who are planning a ‘Restart a Heart Day’ to raise awareness about life-saving techniques – invited journalist Paul Byrne and Virgin Media TV crew to town this week.

It’s hoped their campaign will be broadcast tonight (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

The KCRU event takes place tomorrow in ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre between 10.30am and 4pm as part of the European Restart a Heart Day. It’ll include CPR demos, public information, an art display, a video launch w️ith many prizes to be won.

“The crew interviewed Community Responder Helen Duggan who explained the events taking place on Saturday,” Kevin O’Leary from KCRU told the Killarney Advertiser.

“European Restart a Heart Day was founded with the support of the European parliament and takes place on October 16 every year. We’re spreading the message that 20 minutes of your time could make all the difference saving a life.”

In 2021, the focus of the event is on survivors with the hashtag #CPRSavedMyLife.

“With this campaign we want to create awareness that everyone can learn CPR and facilitate BLS courses in schools and public locations.”

He said they hope that Kerry TDs Danny Healy-Rae, Brendan Griffin and Minister for Education Norma Foley will be in attendance throughout the day, and the public are invited to attend.

“Find out how simple actions can save lives. Prizes include a three day First Aid course valued at €300, two First Aid kits, and a voucher for a local business.”

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