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Road closures ahead of Ring of Kerry – Plunkett St closed from 2pm Friday

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Locals and visitors will need to be aware of road closures in Killarney and along the Ring of Kerry route to facilitate the annual Ring of Kerry Cycle tomorrow.

Some road closures will come into effect from 2pm today.

Up to 6000 cyclists are expected to cycle the 175-kilometre route to raise money for charity and Kerry County Council has passed a temporary road closing order to allow the safe passage of the participants.

Plunkett Street, Killarney (from the Junction of Plunkett Street / Main St. to College Square) will be closed from 2.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. today (Friday).

The official start will take place on the Mission Road in Killarney on Saturday morning and this road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5.00am to 9.00am and again between 11.30am and 8.00pm on Saturday.

The main road between Fossa and Killorglin will close between 6.00am and 9.00 am with diversions via Faha , Listry and Miltown in place.
The eastbound lane of the Ring of Kerry route between Killorglin to Caragh Bridge  will close between 6.00 a.m. to 12 noon.

This closure will start at the Iveragh Road Roundabout via Iveragh Road, Tullig, Quaybaun and finishing at Caragh Bridge and a  one-way traffic diversion will be in place for traffic travelling eastbound from Caherciveen and Glenbeigh via Dooks, Cromane, Garraun and Castleconway. Traffic travelling westbound from Killorglin to Glenbeigh will remain on the N70.

The Sneem to Molls Gap road will close between 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. As will the Kenmare to Torc Waterfall section via Moll’s Gap.
The New Street Car Park will be closed from 7.00am from today,  July 5 until  to 8.00 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

There will be access to Killarney Plaza Hotel and other businesses in the Upper Section of the  New Street Car park on both days with limited parking spaces.

 

 

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