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A forum to discuss traffic issues on New Road during busy school pick-up and drop off times is to be set up by Killarney Municipal District.

 

Traffic on New Road, which has over 2000 students and pupils attending St Brendan’s College and Killarney Community School, and two primary schools, The Mon and Holy Cross, as well as St Brigid’s Presentation school, has been a concern for years.

 

Currently no vehicles from Rock Road can turn onto New Road during peak school hours in the mornings and afternoons.

 

Cllr M Healy-Rae put forward a motion at Wednesday’s Council meeting asking if the new Rock Road car park could be used as a drop of point.

 

Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan put forward a similar motion during the November meeting.

 

The Municipal District Manager of Killarney, Angela McAllen, said the Council had spoken to the principals of St Brendan’s and Presentation and that she also had discussions with An Garda Siochana, whose barracks are also located on the same road.

 

Town engineer John Ahern said he wants to engage school principals, students, gardai school bus operators and anyone else who needs to be involved in the consultation, but warned that there was not much the Council could do if motorists were already disobeying the one-way system that is in place at school times.

 

“We need a forum to solve this problem, if it is solvable,” he told the Killarney Municipal District meeting. “Motorists who turn left at these times are breaking the law but I cannot control that. We are doing our best but we need to sit down with the people involved.”

 

Cllr Grady asked if some sort of a path could be constructed from the Rock Road car park, towards to rear of the Garda Station that would lead out on to New Road.

 

“It is on the record that [when plans for Rock Road car park were being formulated] the engineer would include a walkway. We all agreed on that at the time.”

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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