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Progress on Lewis Road and bypass road projects

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By Sean Moriarty

Plans to overhaul the layout of the Killarney bypass can move forward to the next phase following a High Court decision this week.

The much-needed project, which includes the realignment of Lewis Road and the construction of a new roundabout to take traffic from the Kilcummin side, was delayed as a result of a judicial review.

Details of the legal case were not made public but the Killarney Advertiser understands it related to the purchase of lands required to construct the new roundabout.

On Tuesday, Kerry County Council revealed that the legal proceedings were dismissed by the High Court allowing the Council to proceed with the next phase of the scheme.

The Killarney bypass and its intersection with Lewis Road has been high on the Council’s priority list for years.

It has been the scene of several fatal accidents and it is considered a traffic blackspot in the town.
Over 18,000 vehicles a day use the road.

Now that the plans can go ahead it is expected that the project will include a new roundabout between the entrance to the fire station and existing roundabout at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Complex/Woodlands Industrial Estate entrance.

This new roundabout will take traffic travelling to and from the Kilcummin area away from the dangerous Lewis Rd/Kilcummin Road junction.

It will also be used to prevent traffic turning right onto Lewis Road; instead traffic will continue to the new roundabout and double-back to Lewis Road.

“I welcome the news that the proposals for the Lewis Road junction to improve safety can now proceed to the next phase of this scheme. This is a positive step in addressing road safety issues at this dangerous junction,” Mayor of Killarney Brendan Cronin said.

Several councillors including Niall Kelleher have been campaigning for years to get these works approved. In 2018 he led a petition - which was signed by over 5,000 people - following a fatal accident in the area.

He also led a deputation to Dáil Éireann where concerned residents met with the Department of Transport and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) officials.

“This put the issue high on their agendas and we got funding and design approval after that,” Mr Kelleher told the Killarney Advertiser. “It was hoped that construction would have started last year but the judicial review is due process and people are entitled to this.”

While the news that the bypass project can move to the next phase is very welcome, an issue remains on how to get pedestrians to and from the Lewis Road side to the Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic playing fields off the Kilcummin Road. A previous proposal to build an underpass was rejected by residents of Bridgefield Estate.

“People attending matches at Legion or Celtic are entitled to cross the bypass without actually walking on the road itself,” added Mr Kelleher. “There are a number of options being considered here.”

It is understood that Kerry County Council are examining several options, including alternative locations for an underpass and the potential construction of an overbridge.

THE NEXT PHASE

The news that works can finally go ahead on the bypass road are welcome but this is only the start of it.

The next phase will include the construction of a new road, linking Park Road with the bypass. It is anticipated that this new road would start on Lower Park Road, near McDonald's Restaurant and exit on the existing bypass somewhere near the fire station.
This plan, currently under consideration by Kerry County Council, would take traffic from Daly’s Roundabout and the Lewis Road junction. It would also allow a new access to the Deerpark Shopping Centre, reducing traffic on Upper Park Road.

“This will make both Daly’s and the Cleeney Roundabout safer and will take pressure off the Lewis Road,” Cllr Niall Kelleher told the Killarney Advertiser. “The whole motive [behind the bypass works] is to take pressure off Lewis Road.”

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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