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New university campus calls for St Finan’s site

By Sean Moriarty

The Mayor of Killarney, Michael Gleeson is calling for the former St Finan’s Hospital to be developed into a campus of the newly formed Munster Technological University.

Earlier this week the Institute Technology in Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology announced their amalgamation to form the new university.

From January 2021 Tralee will become a university town.

The mayor says the former hospital site, a landmark and historic building which was constructed in 1852, is the ideal location to locate a satellite campus of the new university as it sits roughly midway between the two main colleges.

Mayor Gleeson has been a long-time campaigner on behalf of the hospital and always said he would not like it to be sold to private bidders – an event that seemed inevitable until this week.

He is calling for the site’s owner, the HSE, and the Department of Education (along with management of the new university) to sit down and trash out a deal to keep the hospital in public ownership.

“It is the perfect place for distant learning, something that we will become the new norm and something that is already being done by the great universities of the world.”

Killarney has a great tradition in offering third-level training courses to Kerry students, especially those who wanted to follow a career in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

The former Torc Great Southern Hotel, the site of the current cinema development used to be converted into a training centre during the winter months.

Mayor Gleeson gave an example of how University College Cork failed to secure nearby hospital property in Cork City and now that it is expanding there is a degree of regret that these properties were not purchased when they came on the market.

“St Finan’s is a building of huge historical and architectural importance since its construction in 1852,” he added. ”Both [college] bodies need to sit down together and engage with the HSE on a national level, UCC now regrets the loss of the nearby hospital. St Finan’s is an ideal place and should not be left fall into private hands – or worse – dereliction.”

Munster Technological University will be the first regional technological university in Ireland.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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