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Plans on the table for school traffic management

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Killarney Municipal District is to take a multi-tiered approach to solving traffic issues on New Road, particularly at school drop off and pick up times.

Temporary measures proposed include the provision of extra clearly defined school bus set down areas.
The street provides access to three secondary schools, two primary schools and one special needs facility – bringing an estimated 2,800 users to the area on a daily basis.

The street is also home to the Killarney offices of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Killarney Garda Station and several private houses.
However, town engineer John Ahern wants to meet with the principals of each school either collectively or individually so he can outline various plans and ideas.

“Killarney Municipal District Traffic Wardens had an increased presence on the ground in order to improve traffic flow. A survey of the road has been undertaken and preliminary designs of short-term measures have been developed and can be implemented subject to further consultation with the school principals and the members,” he said.

Long term Mr Ahern hopes to include New Road as an extension of the Killarney Cycle Way plan. The Killarney urban cycle way project includes the provision of cycle lanes on Rock Road.
Killarney Municipal District has been successful in an application for funding from the National Transport Authority for its Transport Mobility Plan.

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“The New Road Schools Area will be included in this plan as a priority,” added Mr Ahern.
A second round of funding is also available to schools who wish to implement a Safe Routes to School Programme.

This funding is managed by An Taisce but Kerry County Council has allocated a member of staff to act as an Active Travel Officer to help schools in their funding application.

“We have invited Expressions of Interest from all schools,” he added.
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Further plans include the possible realignment of the New Road junction with Rock Road but this will depend on many things including the constriction of the Cycle Way in the area, the setting back of the Garda Station boundary walls while taking into consideration the traffic volumes coming from Main St and St Anne’s Road into that junction.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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