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Ring of Kerry: The Golden Goose

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The Ring of Kerry road should hold a much higher priority in the scheme of things, for Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Kerry County Council and not least, the Departments of Tourism and Finance, according to Fianna Fáil’s Councillor Michael Cahill.

The Deputy Mayor of Kerry County Council and Cathaoirleach of Kenmare Municipal District says the volume of traffic on the Ring of Kerry, including scores of large coaches daily during the tourist season, should afford it the investment due a much more highly ranked thoroughfare, but more importantly, the revenue it generates for the whole country, marks it out for Central Government funding.

“The Ring of Kerry is by far the largest and most visited tourist destination in all of Ireland and possibly all of Europe, and yet many parts of it are not fit for purpose for the volumes of vehicles, particularly large coaches and trucks, that it has to deal with” stated Councillor Cahill.

“Add to this the fact that, as it meanders through some of the remoter parts of this county, it also has to cater for work commuters who need to travel for employment to the larger centres. Remember, the Ring of Kerry road exclusively services the residents of Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Portmagee, Ballinskelligs, Waterville, Caherdaniel and Sneem to mention but a few” said Rossbeigh based Councillor.

“In terms of overall volumes, the maintenance of this very important and integral piece of infrastructure requires a much larger workforce and budget to be directed towards it’s upkeep. The Ring of Kerry requires an enormous amount of road improvements as well as day to day maintenance, including hedgerow management in order that it’s fantastic panoramas are seen to their full potential” said Councillor Cahill.

"You would have to stand up on top of a Double Decker Bus to see many of the world class views that we have to offer, particularly between Glenbeigh and Kells on to Caherciveen. Why are we afraid to show off our spectacular county to the world?" asked Councillor Cahill.
“I have witnessed myself a Limerick County Council crew using four hedge cutters, one after the other, on the road between Castleisland and Abbeyfeale and it appeared to be a very efficient operating system. I feel this should at least be investigated with a view to improving our way of doing things and maybe we can learn new tricks”
"In addition, this is the same route as The South Kerry Greenway, the single biggest and best Tourism Project ever for our county, a project that will bring life back to the town of Caherciveen, a town that has been on it's knees for decades, with closed up businesses and a black spot for forced emigration. As I have been saying for the past 11 years, the South Kerry Greenway will be undoubtedly a Lifeline and a Gamechanger and will bring a halt to emigration in Iveragh, Caherciveen and throughout South Kerry" added Cahill.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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