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Part of new Cork-Kerry road could open early

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Kerry Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, has received positive indications that part of the new N22 Cork-Kerry road could open early.

In response to Deputy Griffin’s latest Dáil question, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) said that overlay work has commenced on the eastern section of the scheme, which bypasses Macroom town, and that discussions are currently ongoing between the contract parties regarding certain sections of the scheme that may open to the public early.

TII told Deputy Griffin that the N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom Road Development commenced construction in January 2020 and significant progress has been made, with overall construction works about 75% complete at end of May. TII said that this comprises structures that are c.90% complete, earthworks that are c.83% complete and pavement works that are c.15% complete, with various works such as installation of crush and environmental barriers, signage and drainage also progressing.

Deputy Griffin was told that the blasting of rock cut near the western tie-in, where approximately 500,000m3 of rock is being extracted, is nearing completion and that processed rock material is being hauled across the Bohill Bridge and the new bridge crossing of the existing N22 at Cúil na Cathrach, to create road embankments in the low-lying middle section of the road, adjacent to the River Sullane.

TII said that while discussions are currently ongoing between the contract parties regarding certain sections of the scheme that may open to the public early, there remains one overall completion date for the 22km scheme, and that based on current progress, it is anticipated that the scheme will be completed in Quarter 4 of 2023.

Deputy Griffin was told that the eastern section of the scheme, which bypasses the town of Macroom, is the most advanced section, where the laying of mainline road pavement recently commenced.

Deputy Griffin, who is a long-time campaigner for the new Cork-Kerry road, is welcoming the rapid progress on the project and is calling on TII to do everything possible to open the Macroom Town bypass element of the project before the end of the current year.

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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