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Roads are in deplorable condition – councillors claim

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Several elected members at Wednesday’s Municipal District meeting put forward motions that could change the way horse drawn carriages are operated in the town - saying they affect traffic flow and road surfaces.

 

The debate started when Cllr Brendan Cronin called for Ross Road to be urgently resurfaced as “it is in a deplorable condition”.

 

Cllr Donal Grady put forward a similar motion based on the condition of the lower portion of Ross Road.

 

Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan added: “The road is shambolic, it is the access road to the second most popular tourist site in the town”.

 

This lead to a discussion on the surface on Mission Road which was resurfaced in January 2017 and already is showing signs of deterioration.

 

“We used a high grade chip on Mission Road and it is not holding because of horses hooves,” Killarney Town Engineer John Ahern said. “We have done a lot of research. It is the same issue in New York, we are talking to people there, that is the level of research we are doing. We propose different options and try them along the road, concrete, macadam, and monitor it in 800m stretches and decide on a definitive material based on lifespan and value for money.”

 

Mission Road remained on the agenda as Cllr Donal Grady called for a separate road for jaunting cars to be constructed parallel to Mission Road.

 

“In order to improve the flow of traffic on Mission Road, especially at school hours,” Cllr Grady said.

 

There were also calls for the construction of a dedicated pedestrian crossing on Mission Road near the Beech Road entrance to Killarney National Park.

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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