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There were remarkable scenes in Killarney on Wednesday morning as roadworks caused huge traffic backlogs all over town. The works on the Port Road meant there was a stop/go system in place which caused major delays as students, parents and teachers from the five schools in the immediate vicinity struggled to negotiate the heavy traffic.

The New Road, Hans Liebherr Road, Rock Road and even the bypass also all suffered significant tailbacks.

With the works scheduled to take 8-10 weeks there were fears of an extended period of chaos but the council acted quickly to put a solution in place.

Mayor Niall Kelleher explained that the Ballydowney roundabout was a major source of the congestion so on Friday traffic was allowed to flow at that particular spot, which in turn alleviated the pressure on the Hans Liebherr Road and out towards Fossa.

The contrast on Thursday morning couldn’t have been starker. In fact, many observers noted that if anything, traffic in the area seemed to be lighter than a normal school day

Whether or not the solution will continue to work as the works move along the Port Road remains to be seen. There are fears that upcoming weddings and confirmations at the adjoining St Mary’s Cathedral could pose further difficulties.

There were also concerns from local school officials about the lack of communication from the council.

“We’re aware that the works being carried out are important and really there is no good time for road works in Killarney as it’s busy all year round,” said Colm O’Súilleabháin, Principal of the Presentation Monastery National School.

“However, if we had been forewarned about the works we would have been able to notify the parents and the teachers and people would not have gotten such a shock on Wednesday.”

Ursula Coffey, Principal of the Holy Cross Mercy School, said it was a pity that a more appropriate time wasn’t chosen.

“I appreciate that Killarney, as tourist town, doesn't allow much scope for the timetabling of roadworks,” she added. “Traffic congestion is already an issue in this area of town where there are five large schools and a one-way traffic system in operation morning and evening. The current road works exacerbates an existing traffic problem.”

It’s often a case of Catch 22 for the council when attempting to choose the right time to improve local infrastructure. Should they carry out work in the busy summer months and potentially harm the tourist industry, or should they do it in the off-season when the schools are in session, and inconvenience locals in the process?

With regards to the ongoing school traffic issue, a couple of suggestions have been floated. One potential solution is to stagger start times of schools and businesses, which would decrease traffic in and around the 9am mark.

Another idea is putting in place a ‘park and ride’ system whereby students would be dropped off at a point further away from the New Road area and brought to school on buses.

What are your thoughts on the issue? Are the council right to do roadworks at this time of year? Is there any way of solving Killarney’s traffic problem? Let us know:

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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