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Schools collaborate to support Kerry charity

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By Michelle Crean

Schools are once again working together to do something positive for one deserving local charity whilst remembering a very special person.

Seven schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, St Brigid’s Secondary, St Brendan’s College, St Francis Special School and St Oliver’s have come together to raise funds for the Kerry Hospice Foundation (KHF) by holding a Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, December 17.

The multi-school act of charity, which began three years ago, will see staff, students and national school pupils wearing their best festive jumpers and making a donation to the charity.

This year’s fundraiser is in memory of Clare Quinlivan, a much-loved, and sorely missed, member of The Sem's school community who passed away just a few months ago, explained teacher Elaine Moynihan. She was also a past employee of St Brigid’s.

"This fundraiser is in her memory this year," Elaine told the Killarney Advertiser.
"Clare was the school accountant and she would have had role in our two previous fundraisers. Clare loved The Sem and everybody loved Clare. It felt right that our love for Clare was commemorated this year through this fundraiser."

She added that each year they change the charity, but felt it was right to support the KHF as Clare and her family, her husband Con, son Andrew who is a past Sem student, and daughter Lauren a former St Brigid's student, received wonderful support from them. Pat Doolan from KHF visited the students and explained that KHF costs over €10,000 a week to run.

And Elaine added that what began as a local fundraiser with a few schools close to the The Sem involved, has now grown to seven with other schools from the town and beyond.

"Last year we raised €5,500 so we're hoping to top that this year."

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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