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Public consultation on Aras Phadraig to take place this evening

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HAVE you an idea as to how the Áras Phádraig should best be used for the benefit of the community? You can have your say at a public meeting this evening, January 26, at 7.30pm, in the Killarney Avenue Hotel.

Kerry County Council has launched a public consultation process on the future use of the Áras Phádraig building in Killarney. Exodea Consulting Ltd has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study to assess the potential future use of the property on Lewis Road.

As part of the feasibility study, Kerry County Council this week launches an online survey through which people can share their views. At the public meeting today, there will also be engagement with key stakeholders and community and voluntary groups in the locality over the coming weeks.

The cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin, said public engagement on the future of Áras Phádraig is essential to ensure its full potential is realised and that the public has a stake in its future. “This facility has enormous potential for Killarney and the surrounding area given its size and location close to the centre of the town. We are now inviting people to contribute their proposals and ideas for its future use and these suggestions will be considered by the consultants who will draw up the feasibility study,” he said.

“There is significant local and community interest in the redevelopment and revival of the Áras Phádraig building as it is an important part of the town’s community and social infrastructure,” said Cllr Cronin.

Killarney Municipal district manager Angela McAllen said that the consultants have been asked to identify how any of the social, enterprise, community and arts and culture needs of Killarney could be addressed in developing Áras Phádraig.
 


 
Above: The Cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin, with Killarney Municipal District Manager Angela McAllen; also pictured, John Purcell, Senior Executive Engineer, Kerry County Council, Niamh O’Sullivan, Head of Community Development, Kerry County Council, Cllr John Joe Culloty, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Cllr Donal Grady, Cllr. Michael Gleeson and Cllr John Sheahan. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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