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Residents again calling for New Road traffic solution

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By Sean Moriarty

Residents of Monastery Gardens have told the Killarney Advertiser that they feel “intimated” and have been “verbally abused” by motorists in the New Road area during the school runs.

One resident, Ruth Moram, has made a formal complaint to Gardai and school principals after she says she was verbally abused by a parent collecting children from school.

The New Road area has become a traffic blackspot with several complaints in recent years over people parking cars on footpaths, double parking and other problems.

Several solutions have been put forward, including the deployment of a traffic warden in the area to monitor inconsiderate parking.

The problems are even worse for local residents who have to endure gridlock every morning and evening at school drop off and collection times.

Ms Moram said that she's so sick of it that she has filed a complaint with Gardai and the schools that serve the street.

“Today [Wednesday], while trying to reach home at lunchtime, I was abused by an irate parent who got angry about the traffic," she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Residents of New Road put up with being blocked at, or out of, home several times a day. I attempt to avoid school times but forgot that, on Wednesdays, schoolchildren leave at lunchtime. However, being verbally abused for trying to get home is unacceptable,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Residents also put up with both noise and air pollution, especially since parents often leave their engines running. Some will turn their engines off if asked, others are abusive.”

Her neighbour, who did not wish to be named as she lives alone, says she too feels intimidated.

Both ladies stressed that they understood parents' needs to collect and drop-off children at school times.

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They are calling on Gardai, school principals and Killarney Municipal District to find a solution.

“We need a solution that works for everyone, the schools, parents and the residents,” added Ruth.

Meanwhile, following Ms Moram's letter to Killarney Gardai, she has been informed that various stakeholders will meet to discuss some proposals. Gardai are concerned that emergency vehicles will not be able to access the street at peak times.

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One of the problems associated with traffic on New Road is that the timing of the one-way street regulation does not coincide with school times.

The issue was highlighted by Cllr Donal Grady at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“At present there is confusion as children come out of school at 2.20pm whilst signs advise of roads closing at 2.45pm,” he told the meeting.

Previously, both prior and during the pandemic, Kerry County Council have held a series of meetings with An Garda Siochána and the school principals in order to improve traffic flow.

“In order to revise the times of the one-way system along New Road, Kerry County Council will have to go through a formal Section 38 [public consultation and/or planning permission] process,” said a Council official.

“A survey of the road has been undertaken and designs and short-term measures such as an increase in set-down areas and school bus set-downs have been developed and can be implemented subject to further consultation with the school principals and the [elected] members. As part of this further consultation, the matter of implementing the one-way system will be addressed.”

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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