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Opus’96 Choir to raise the roof

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Opus’96 Chamber Choir will present 'From Byrd to Beethoven' this coming Sunday.

The choir have enjoyed performing annually at Muckross House for their Christmas celebrations for the past 26 years. Now they show a different style of programme in St John’s Church, Castle Street, Tralee where they'll be celebrating over 400 years of glorious music by William Byrd and Beethoven.

The choir will be accompanied by Kenmare pianist and teacher, Bogumila Sokirko.

"We have four of our choir members from Killarney, so they would be well known in the community," Martina Ryan Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser.

Byrd's work which they'll perform is his Mass for Four Voices - a must-sing work for any choir, she explained.

"2020 was the year in which we should have celebrated Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, but COVID took care of that, so now we are delighted to perform some of his most beautiful pieces arranged for choir.

"It is an enormous task for any choir to get back singing after the silence for the dreaded COVID years! This choir have worked so hard to achieve this."

Special guests include Joel, Sheridan and Briana Reid who will play some beautiful pieces on string and piano.

"Joel is a very accomplished string teacher in Kerry, and his two daughters are superb string and piano players. We look forward very much to hearing their beautiful Beethoven pieces."

Tickets €15 available from choir members, St John’s Pastoral Centre and at the door on the night.
All profits going to St John’s Parish Fund.

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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