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PLANS ON HOLD: Beaufort Community Council say plans for a community playground are on hold. Pictured were: Padruig O'Sullivan (Chairman) with committee members, from left: Matt Breslin, Margaret O'Shea, Michael Foley, John O'Sullivan and Tim Moriarty at Beaufort Bridge. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Beaufort residents have no choice but to put plans for a community playground on hold – due to the €100,000 cost of purchasing a local site.

They say unless land is donated by a kind-hearted local or Kerry County Council can offer a site – plans will have to be scrapped for now – unless they can come up with the money to buy a site locally.

Padruig O’Sullivan, Chairman of Beaufort Community Council, who has been working on the project for a number of years with locals, says the committee are disappointed that they can’t progress the project.

“There was a site identified four years ago and we were looking at that,” Padruig told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“The cost of the site was a six figure sum, over €100,000. It appears to be the only site available. We contacted Kerry County Council but they didn’t have any funding to assist with the purchase of the site.”

He’s says they’re disappointed not to be able to develop the site sooner as Beaufort has a vibrant and young community.

“There’s a very young vibrant community and they would all like to have this facility within our community rather than have to travel to other towns. The cost of buying it - at the moment it’s beyond our means. We have to put it on hold.”

Councillor Michael Cahill has also called on Kerry County Council to assist the residents of Beaufort.

He said it is very unfair that a parish the size of Beaufort, with a large number of families with young children does not have such a facility within their community, and that Kerry County Council should also take into consideration the popularity of Beaufort as a holiday destination and the large number of young families who holiday in the area.

"Beaufort Community Council have endeavoured to secure a site for a playground over the past couple of years and I am now calling on the Council to renew their efforts,” Cllr Cahill said.

"Surely there is a suitable site available somewhere in Beaufort."

Acting Area Manager John Breen from Kerry County Council said that they have offered significant assistance to the local community group in Beaufort to develop a playground within the village.

"To date, efforts have been hampered by the absence of a suitable site. The Council does not have any lands in the area that would meet the required specifications for a playground site. The local group are to continue with their efforts to identify and secure a site."

In the meantime, Beaufort locals continue in their efforts to make their community a better place to live and are currently fundraising to help upgrade the old community centre which was built in the 1970s. They have €53,000 Leader funding ringfenced for this but need to gather a further €20,000. They are planning a concert with Sean Keane tonight (Friday) in the Dunloe Hotel, at 8pm. Tickets are still available and are €25 each.

 

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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