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Residents fear “someone will be killed”

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney town centre residents are pleading with motorists to slow down and to stop using their road as a shortcut as they fear someone will be killed or seriously injured.

On Friday last the junction from St Anne's Road onto O'Sullivan's Place was opened after works were carried out to change the road layout.

Once a two way road which was used as a shortcut by motorists when town traffic was extremely busy - there's now a new system in place - but residents say motorists continue to ignore the new signs.

For years they have fought for safer traffic management and thanks to Kerry County Council they have finally got it - but motorists are not complying - they say.

With a new 'No Entry' sign painted on the road and new signs up - they say motorists are continuing to use the road when in a hurry - describing it as a "highway".

"The new junction layout is not being adhered to," resident Louis O'Donoghue explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"The new layout means that traffic can no longer enter off St Anne's Road which they have been using as a shortcut when traffic is busy. We have fought for something like this to be done for years in order to protect the residents both young and old from the cars that travel at speed outside our front doors. Unfortunately, the new layout and no entry signs are not being adhered to and traffic is still using the street like a highway breaking the rules of the road by breaking a no entry sign," he said.

"This constantly happens when traffic is backed up on St Anne's Road. Residents are highly frustrated with this and fear that someone will be seriously injured or worse by these cars."

Anne Mulligan added that "it's an accident waiting to happen".

Kieran Fogarty said cars are also in a hurry when driving through their road.

"Part of the problem is that many of the cars are in a rush for some reason or other."

Anne O'Shea told the Killarney Advertiser that they're thankful to the Council for the work but further work needs to be done.

"For 40 years we have been waiting. We're thankful to the Council but we've only got so far there's still some tweeking to do."

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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