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Áras Phádraig masterplan approved

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Plans for the redevelopment of Áras Phádraig on Lewis Road, were given the go ahead by elected councillors this week.

However, some had reservations about the inclusion of a HSE Primary Care Unit within the project.

Plans for the site, which has been idle since the Franciscan Friars donated it to the people of Killarney in 2009, were approved by elected members at Wednesday’s Killarney Municipal District Meeting.

Councillors were told that the inclusion of the Primary Care Unit was a redline issue as without it funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund would not be forthcoming for the entire project.

This did not sit well with elected councillors. Many felt that the HSE had enough of land lying idle within the town already. St Finan’s was given as an example.

They even sought to delay voting on accepting the masterplan put forward by Kerry County Council on Wednesday to allow more time to discuss issues with the HSE.

“If we don’t proceed with the primary care centre, this project won’t proceed, it is an intricate part of the funding,” John Doyle, a senior engineer with Kerry County Council told the meeting. “It is important that we adopt this plan.”

Additional plans include a theatre, an outdoor public plaza, office space, and a 392-space car park.

The project is being funded by the Urban Regeneration Development Fund for Killarney which was announced in March last year. A total of €21 million has been set aside for the regeneration of the town centre of which Kerry County Council is providing €5.5m.

There remains a faint hope that a multi-storey car will be included in future plans at Áras Phádraig but as of Wednesday there is no funding available for this element of the project.

Official documentation, circulated at the meeting and seen by the Killarney Advertiser, said: “However, given the overall objective to provide the multi-storey car park in Killarney, the masterplan includes provision for this multi-storey car park as an objective to be pursued.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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