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New road “could divide the community”

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA Club has raised concerns on the proposed new road that will link the eastern side of Killarney to the Tralee side of Farranfore.

The Killarney club will be impacted in some way no matter which one of the four proposed routes are selected.

In the worst case scenario for the club, its catchment area will be divided in two, while other scenarios will involve the club potentially giving up some of its playing pitches and boundary walls.

The public consultation period ended last Friday and club officials made detailed observations on all four routes.

Club chair Michael Cronin gave the John Mitchell’s GAA Club in Tralee as an example of how a club could be potentially cut off as a result of a new road.

The Tralee club’s grounds are highly visible from the new portion of the N22 as drivers approach Tralee but access is via the Castlemaine Road.

“The last thing we want is people driving around wondering how to get in to the pitch,” Mr Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser. “We will be fighting for as many access roads as we can get. We have a lot of members, over five hundred, from both town and country and the road could divide the community.”

The club are in the middle of an ambitious expansion programme. A new walkway was constructed around the inner perimeter of grounds last year and it has been recently granted planning permission for new dressing rooms.

Mr Cronin added that the club would wait until the final route is selected before deciding their next step.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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