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.
Go on…put the kettle on to help a good cause!
TEA TIME: Nora Murphy, Mary Lehane and Betty Carmody, drinking a cuppa as they raise awareness about this year’s Virtual Tea for Motor Neurone Disease which takes place on June 21.
By Michelle Crean
June 21 is Global Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Day and one local group is calling for participants to get involved.
Christy Lehane, Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA, will take part in the Virtual Tea for MND fundraiser and awareness event.
“We never thought this time last year that 12 months later we would be doing Virtual Tea for MND,” Christy told the Killarney Advertiser.
“In these COVID times our fundraising efforts have all ceased, but sadly there is no slowing down of Motor Neurone Disease. Providing the support and services to our Motor Neurone sufferers is now more important than ever before. I am now appealing to all you good people and friends who have supported us in the past to please hear my plea. I myself will drink Virtual Tea for MND again this year. So go on, put on the kettle and take out the china tea pot and get family and friends around to the garden for a brew and a catchup for a great cause. If you do not feel comfortable with having people around, you can go very modern and go Zooming and encourage your friends to do so also. I am aware that some of our MND sufferers are themselves organising Virtual Tea Drinking get togethers.”
Participating SuperValu stores are on board again this year providing tea bags etc. to raise awareness of MND, and staff will be asking shoppers for donations for the IMNDA starting on June 7 to 21.
“I seldom seek donations and financial support, but perhaps in these COVID times when our need is greatest you might be moved to help us.”
Every year MND Associations across the globe mark June 21 as a special day of recognition where the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations across the world undertake a range of activities to raise awareness and keep focused on the search for the cause, treatment and eventual cure for this terrible disease.
You can donate to www.imnda.ie or if you can contact Christy Lehane Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA on 087 9671011.
Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert
NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
By Michelle Crean
Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.
Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.
“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”
Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.
“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”
€1m upgrade for Killarney store
INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle
A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.
Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.
And customers admired the new look.
DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.
“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.
“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”
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