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New speed indicator light for Glenflesk village

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By Sean Moriarty

A new speed indicator light is to be installed in Glenflesk village in the coming weeks which is just one step of many road safety requirements for the area.

On Wednesday, Paul Curry of the Kerry National Roads Design Office, hosted a Killarney Municipal District briefing where he confirmed plans to place the speed indicator sign in the village.

Locally politicians, particularly Cllr Maura and TD Danny Healy-Rae have been campaigning for traffic calming devices in the village for years.

A local woman was fatally injured while crossing the road there in December 2017.

While Cllr Maura Healy-Rae welcomed the decision to install a speed indication sign, she said it was only the first step of many needed to make the village safe for pedestrians.

“These measures need to be implemented in full to avoid any further loss of life at this location but it is important to bear in mind this is one step to address speed and safety concerns at this location,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after Wednesday’s meeting. “The speed limit was reduced, but there is ongoing concerns regarding speed in Glenflesk. I have tabled numerous motions regarding these issues and have called for the need for a full traffic calming scheme inclusive of traffic calming measures, upgrading of the pedestrian crossing and the erection of speed indicator signs. Kerry County Council and the Kerry National Roads Design Office are currently preparing a number of options for a traffic calming scheme and are engaging and consulting with residents and businesses in the area. This is a welcome step in the process that I have campaigned for, for a long time.”

Her father Danny, a former elected member of Kerry County Council and now a TD in Dáil Éireann campaigned for these measures during his time as a councillor.

“This is one part of addressing the ongoing speed and safety issues at this location. This is something we have both been looking for, for a very long time and there have been several motions raised on this important matter,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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