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RESTORE OUR RIGHT OF WAY: Residents from Muckross View, Killarney are calling on the Council to restore the right of way to a laneway near their homes. Pictured were: Joe Doran, Emily Doran O'Riordan, Mags Casey, Fr Simon Twomey, Robert Taddei, Michael Kenny and Paddy Keane. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Killarney locals this week called on the Council to reopen a right of way near their homes after it was temporarily closed – over eight years ago.

Residents from Muckross View voiced their annoyance during Wednesday morning’s Killarney Municipal District meeting – saying that they have waited long enough for the walkway to be reopened.

Closure of the walkway means that residents of 25 homes in the area have no option but to walk an extra quarter of a mile to access their local shops after the Council temporarily closed the right of way due to fears of structural damage to a nearby wall.

The annoyed locals say waiting over eight years to have the walkway reopened is not acceptable and something has to be done now.

Resident Paddy Keane, who was part of a delegation brought to the Council meeting in Killarney Town Hall by Cllr John Sheahan, spoke at the meeting saying they were told at the time that it was temporarily closed due to “a safety issue” as part of the wall was structurally unsound.

He said since its closure locals have had to take an alternative route down Countess Grove onto Countess Road and onto Muckross Road to go to Centra Applegreen, as well as the Dromhall and Randles Court Hotels.

“What should be about 200 yards is now a quarter of a mile,” Paddy told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“The reason we’re doing this now is there’s a housing development nearby in what is the remnants of Muckross View. The section the Council closed we want it reopened.”

During the meeting Killarney Municipal District Engineer John Ahern said that the Council needs to view the files to establish the ownership of the land and the right of way.

“This particular issue is a historic matter and I’d say a complex matter for various reasons,” Mr Ahern said.

“I need to establish the clear facts behind the whole scenario. Killarney Town Council took those actions because of the fear of the structure of this particular wall. Before we can move forward and physically do something on the ground we have to establish the facts. At the moment I have requested all the older files to establish the facts and it’s going to take a number of weeks to sort that out. If it is established that we are in a position to move forward we’d have to organise a structural report and bring in a structural solution to make that particular area safe to reopen it and establish a cost as to what is involved.”

Councillors in attendance agreed that the right of way should be reopened.

“It isn’t today or yesterday we’re highlighting this case,” Cllr Donal O’Grady said.

“I’ve had three motions to have it reinstated. I’m calling now on our engineer to re-instate the wall and I will certainly give an allocation to that. It means the world to the people living in Muckross View.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.

Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.

In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.

Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?

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Limit caffeine:

It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.

Be active:

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Unwind early:

Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.

Brain dump for the next day:

Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.

Set out your clothes the evening before:

This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.

Cool, dark and quiet:

When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.

Buy an alarm clock:

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Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.

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Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”

By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]

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Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.

However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.

The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.

Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.

“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.

“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”

However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.

“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”

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