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Plans to bring ‘Boris Bikes’ to Killarney

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By Sean Moriarty

A bicycle rental scheme similar to the one in operation in Dublin could be one of the solutions to the town’s persistent traffic congestion problems.

The Dublin scheme is based on the London project which was launched by then London Mayor Boris Johnson 12 years ago with modes of transport known as ‘Boris Bikes’ to this day.

London’s first large-scale public bike hire scheme was greeted with a largely positive response from the public in July 2010.

The scheme, which followed similar projects in other countries including France and Spain, aimed to ease congestion on London’s commuter network through 400 bicycle “docking stations” placed all over the city.

The same plan could be come to Killarney after Cllr John O’Donoghue called for such a move at Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District meeting.

He asked: “That the Council would liaise with existing bicycle rental operators within the town to see the feasibility of starting a rental bike scheme in Killarney similar to the City Bike Scheme in Dublin”.

A council official said: “Provision of additional infrastructure in the town is subject to market demand. However, it is important to be cognisant of the potential for any displacement of existing enterprises providing these services."

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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