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Public transport connectivity to improve thanks to bus route enhancements

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TFI Local Link Kerry is pleased announce the enhancement of Route 283 Currow – Currans – Kerry Airport – Farranfore – Firies – Ballyfinnane – Farmers Bridge – Tralee, commencing today Monday, December 12.

The enhanced route will offer peak-time services for commuters to Tralee, and greater connectivity to regional bus and rail services from both Tralee and Farranfore as well as increased connections to Kerry Airport.

The reconfiguration of Route 283 from Currow – Firies – Tralee, will see increased connectivity in the area with four return trips Monday to Thursday, five trips each way on Friday and Saturday, and three return trips on Sundays. Previously, the service only offered two return trips Monday to Saturday and no Sunday service.

There are stops in Tralee at University Hospital Kerry (UHK), MTU South and North Campus, Kerry College Clash, Monavalley and Denny Street, as well as Casement Bus Station.

Newly enhanced Route 283 is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA), as part of the TFI Network.

“The Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan has been developed by the NTA to increase public transport connectivity for all, particularly those who live outside of major cities," Anne Graham, CEO of NTA, said.

"With the launch of this enhanced route it will transform the local network offering more frequent services connecting people with work, business and leisure activities in the area.”

Alan O’Connell, General Manager TFI Local Link Kerry added that they would encourage passengers to "make the most" of the public transport system.

"Public transport is not only an environmentally friendly option but also socially inclusive and can be a cheaper way to travel. TFI Local Link Kerry is currently working with the National Transport Authority designing new bus routes under the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan. It is a very positive time to be involved in public transport.

“There are some exciting developments on the horizon for the county through the Connecting Ireland Plan. I can safely say that these new routes will be transformative and will provide access for people to employment, education, training, healthcare, shopping, recreation and tourist facilities. The design of a sustainable transport infrastructure has a fundamental impact on the health and well-being of people in the community.”

For further information, call the TFI Local Link Kerry office on 066 7147002, visit www.locallinkkerry.ie or visit their social media platforms.

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Rebel lights delight for Killarney star

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball […]

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The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in East Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Cork hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was Sarah Dineen, the Spa/Killarney player who shot out the Rebel lights in Conna with a phenomenal display of handball.

Competing in the highly competitive Ladies Challenger championship, the Killarney player, who took up the sport just 18 months ago, had the perfect start in the competition defeating the home town favourite Agnes Hurley from Conna on a 21-20 scoreline following an energy sapping and close encounter that hung in the balance to the final ace.

In her second game she took on the challenge of Nolwenn Even from St Brigids where her skill, superior fitness and movement on the court resulted in the 21-12 victory and a place in the prestigious final.

“The final was always going to be a difficult game not least playing local girl Kate O’Riordan from Conna. I concentrated on my serve and kill shots which ensured we shared the aces early in the game. It was a difficult game with the home supporters out in force to cheer on their local hero. However, I played well and secured a 21-11 victory. This was the second time this title came to Spa Killarney following the 2022 win by Aoife Walsh in Northern Ireland,” said Sarah, who is currently chairperson of the Killarney Camogie Club.

A native of Westmeath, Sarah (46) runs a jewellery business in Killarney and lives in Rathmore. No stranger to competitive sport she played camogie for Westmeath and Leinster and also won an Intermediate championship Gaelic football medal in Westmeath.

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STEM Scholarship for outstanding female student

By Michelle Crean A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship. Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science […]

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney student attending University College Cork has received a STEM scholarship.

Annie O’Donoghue (22) who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science and Analytics in University College Cork, was recognised as an outstanding female student in STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design at a ceremony held at Janssen Sciences site in Ringaskiddy.

Annie, from Muckross, will receive a student award, a bursary of €1,500, industry mentoring and leadership training, along with the opportunity to attend career workshops, visit Johnson & Johnson sites and participate in WiSTEM2D events designed to support students with pursuing future STEM careers.

The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D programme fuels the development of the female STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring girls and women at critical points in their educational experience and their careers, in STEM disciplines. The Undergraduate programme was first introduced at University of Limerick in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include University College Cork in 2018, University of Galway in 2021, and Munster Technological University in 2022, supporting more than 400 female students over the last six years.

“It’s an honour to be a recipient of this award,” Annie, who is a former St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School student, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It’s great to see the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design, increase over the years.”

She added that the goal of the award is “to inspire women to pursue their career path in their respective STEM2D field of work”.  
 

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