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Outdoor dining gets the green light




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.


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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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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Annual Christmas motorbike charity road run launched

The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18. The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in […]




The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18.

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort and Eagle Lodge in Tralee.

Now in its sixth year, the run, which is organised by an amalgamation of several Kerry motorcycle clubs under the banner of Kerry Bikers, will visit Killarney.

The run gets underway at 10.30am from Tralee. The first stop off is in Sheahan’s Centra on the Muckross Road where the Tralee group will be joined by local motorcyclists before setting off on a yet to be decided route.

“We will announce the route in Killarney. Last year we went to Killorglin, Farranfore and Castleisland. This year Abbeyfeale and Listowel may be in reach and if so we will make donations to Nano Nagle Special School too,” organiser Dave Foley said.

Over one hundred motorcycles are expected to take part in the run. Last year the full convoy measured 1.6km from start to finish.

“We hope to exceed that this year,” added Foley


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