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Plunkett St pedestrianisation still on the agenda

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By Sean Moriarty

The never ending debate on the pedestrianisation of Plunkett St continues as, once again, it was up for discussion at a Killarney Municipal District meeting.

The future of the street is one of the Council’s most divisive issues in recent years.

Since April 2018, following an extensive Council consultation, Plunkett St is closed to vehicular traffic from 7pm to 7am every day.

There have been several calls to reverse the decision – a motion put forward by Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan was defeated last September, but it seems the issue which has divided the Council for years, just will not go away.

At Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal Meeting, Cllr Donal Grady tabled a similar motion to O’Callaghan’s September motion.

Grady’s plan is further complicated by the current ‘Safe Streets’ initiative which is in place to encourage social distancing in the town centre as Killarney comes back to life after the national shutdown.

As a result of this plan, Plunkett St is closed to traffic 24 hours a day until September 2.

It was agreed at Wednesday’s meeting to defer Grady’s motion until the Council’s next meeting which will take place on either September 9 and 10 after Mayor Brendan Cronin proposed its postponement.

“The mayor’s proposal is sound. It is not just a simple matter of a vote,” Padraig Corkery, Kerry County Council’s Corporate Affairs Executive, told the meeting. “A public consultation would have to be undertaken again too. Cllr Grady will have to resubmit his motion in time for the September meeting.”

Regardless, the row rumbles on and it looks like it will do so for a very long time.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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