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Residents anger at proposed 228-unit development

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By Sean Moriarty

Residents of the Millwood Estate and Port Road areas are up in arms over a proposed 228-unit housing development that is being mooted for the area.

HIGH RISE: The proposed development will overlook existing homes and the National Park

Portal Asset Holdings Ltd has lodged planning permission with Kerry County Council for the construction of a development of 76 houses, 56 duplexes and 96 apartments on a green field site to the rear of the District Hospital on St Margaret’s Road and to the rear of the traditional cottages on Port Road.

It is proposed to build an access road off the Port Road too.

The proposed development includes upgrade works to Port Road, a pedestrian connection to Millwood Estate, and improvements to the stormwater network on St Margaret’s Road as part of enabling infrastructure for the project.

Residents believe that a project of this size is not suitable for many reasons.

They say that the development is oversized and out of character with the area, that the proposed pedestrian access to Millwood Estate would create a security risk for existing residents, that the already congested Port Road will face further congestion from new traffic, and a number of single-storey dwellings in Millwood will be faced with large two storey dwellings overlooking them, leading to a loss of privacy.

Residents have also raised concerns about the environmental impact the development will have, given its proximity to the National Park and that the greenfield site is home to several wildlife habitats including several badger lairs.

A total of 35 concerned residents and several local councillors attended a public meeting, at Dr Crokes GAA clubhouse, on Sunday night.

“We have outlined a few concerns that have been raised by residents to date – we believe at least some of these points affect everybody in Millwood and the surrounding area," group spokesperson and Millwood resident, Irene Hartigan, said.

"Also, we need to consider the ecology of the area as other countries would be shielding green space next to national parks to protect the overflow of flora and fauna. We are all well aware of need for affordable housing, however this proposed development is not in keeping with the surrounding area."

LEGAL COSTS
The group is in the process of lodging their concerns with an An Bord Pleanala and have launched a GoodFundMe campaign to help offset some of the costs they face. Engaging a specialist solicitor will cosy as a much as €3000.

“When we are faced with a developer with seemingly bottomless pockets, hiring the best of the best to lodge this massive proposal, we feel that it is in our best interests to engage a similar top end professional to put forward our case in a language that is beyond the expertise and weight of influence of most of us. Furthermore, this needs to be done sooner rather than later,” added Irene.

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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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