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Plans move forward on Áras Phádraig project

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By Sean Moriarty

Plans for the future development of the Áras Phádraig site will be revealed within the first six months of next year.

DESIGN: The design for the new Arás Phádraig.

At last November’s Killarney Municipal District meeting Kerry County Council engineer David Doyle presented plans for the future development of the town centre site that has been idle since 2009.

One of the key elements of the new Lewis Road project is the construction of the medical centre on the site. The centre will include doctor’s and dentist surgeries, an X-ray department and other primary care medical facilities. There are also plans to build a new car park on the site.

Cllr Brendan Cronin asked for an update on the project at yesterday's (Thursday) Killarney Municipal District meeting.

A Kerry County Council official said that a company called Reddy Architecture and Urbanism has been appointed to the project and it will provide a multi-disciplinary team including architectural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering and quantity surveying services.

“[Reddy Architecture and Urbanism will provide] other specialists as required, for the preparation, design, tendering and overseeing of all works associated with the redevelopment of the Áras Phádraig site and car park at Killarney. Planning documentation will be finalised by Q2 2023,” said a Council official.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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