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By Michelle Crean

Plans for the addition of an outdoor dining area at Kenmare Place got the go ahead from councillors this week.

At Wednesday's Special Killarney MD Meeting held in the ANAM Cultural Centre, six councillors present voted for the project to go ahead despite some concerns over access for buses, the right of way at Brewery Lane, the separation of the public and private seating, clearing of rubbish from tables, and night-time enforcement.

The Fáilte Ireland Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Scheme costing €604,505 will include a 620 square-metre outdoor dining area consisting of paving, landscaping, and lighting, of which 210 square-metres will be a covered dining area, and it is hoped to be ready for March of April next year.

There will be a 700mm high boundary wall along the road edge with glass screening, as well as the provision of two bus set down bays on East Avenue and two 15 minute parking set down bays in front of Handy Stores.

During the public consultation process seven submissions were received including from An Garda Síochána who had concerns that the proposal would have an impact on traffic management in this location.

"This displacement of buses and delivery vehicles must be addressed in a tangible way to reduce any negative impact on East Avenue Road. Any obstruction on East Avenue Road will seriously impact the town centre and Muckross Road traffic flows."

In their response the Council said that they have "developed additional parking facilities in the town", that there is "adequate capacity to address the removal of eight parking spaces", and that "one dedicated bus set down area and one bus set down/loading bay are being provided along East Avenue Road".

Arrangements are also to be put in place for deliveries at College Square which is traditionally used, the Council said.

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Cllr Brendan Cronin raised the issue of the accessibility to Brewery Lane in the case of emergencies and for pedestrian access.

In their response the Council said it will be maintained and the pergola changed to a moveable umbrella to facilitate access in an emergency.

Additional soft landscape is to be provided, a light natural colour in keeping with the surrounding area will be used to support the pergola structure. Appropriate lighting will also be provided.

Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan voiced his concern about the addition of plants which he says could attract flies and bees while customers are eating outside.

“I’ve seen in it other places,” he said. "It looks really well but when you bring in the flowers, trees and we’re all for biodiversity, but when people are trying to eat their food it’s not going to be a comfortable area. It’s just something to take on board,” he said.

He added that the “big elephant in the room” for him is the issue of buses setting down outside hotels during the busy tourist season.

“This plan is great and I’m ok with it”, but added that it could be “creating a monster” when it comes to traffic and that “one space” provided in the area is not “going to be the answer”.

One solution he had was to use the OPW car park on Ross Road.

“As you go down the Ross Road on the right hand side you could get two to three buses in there.”

On the issue of outdoor seating, Cllr Donal Grady raised his concerns.

"It's very important for me to know where private and public seating will be, we don't want any rows," he said.

He was assured by town engineer John Ahern that seating, although it will not have different colours, "will be clearly identified".

In her report Angela McMahon said that the facility will "be subject to regular monitoring by the Council".

"The Council has provisionally engaged with local business on the management and upkeep of the facility. Dining space will be allocated to businesses on an annual basis. Any business which is allocated space in this outdoor dining area will be required to maintain their allocated space as well as the public dining tables."

The land will also revert back to the people of Killarney in the future when it is no longer in use.

Mr Ahern also confirmed that additional funding of €275k for the enhancement of various other areas of the town has been approved.

"We're in the process of drawing it down," he said, adding that there is a shortage of the supply of materials, but once sorted, work will begin.

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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 […]

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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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