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Seven year wait for new outer bypass road

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BYPASS: Cllr Kelleher, who has since been elected Mayor of Kerry, pictured earlier this year at the Lewis Road Junction. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Sean Moriarty

Newly elected municipal councillors for Killarney have vowed to keep the pressure on central Government in an effort to get the much needed northern relief road into construction phase – which could take up to seven or more years to complete.

Back in 2004, the new bypass was given a 2009 completion date, but following the economic crash the project was put on the long-finger.

Town officials promised to keep the pressure on Government ministers in an effort to get this and southern/eastern relief roads into the land acquisition and construction phase.

Councillors met on Monday to discuss the current plan to re-align the inner relief road with the Lewis Road and Kilcummin Road junctions. Council officials voted to go ahead with the traffic calming and road re-alignment plans at these locations but overruled a proposed pedestrian tunnel linking the Bridgefield Estate to the northern side of the current bypass road.

Newly elected Mayor of Kerry, Niall Kelleher, has been a long-time campaigner for realignment on the road.

Following the death of cyclist Annette Mannix in May 2017 he arranged the deputation to Dublin and has long campaigned for works to be undertaken. He has been supported by a host of local councillors and TDs.

Over 5,000 people signed the petition that was presented to Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

“I am delighted we are in this position and that planning permission had been granted by the elected members,” Cllr Kelleher told the Killarney Advertiser. “This is the first step in changing the traffic movement in Killarney. There is no doubt that the petition put pressure on the Government to act.”

Mr Kelleher added that there are also plans to build a new road that would take traffic from the bypass to Lower Park Road, but this is only in the pre-planning stages.”

Speaking after the meeting, newly elected Killarney Cathaoirleach, Michael Gleeson, confirmed that the Lewis Road project was given the green light but attention will now turn to getting the outer relief road project off the ground.

“The works on the inner relief roads are to be welcomed, but the real problem is that 30 percent of the traffic, especially at weekends or during the tourist season are not using this road to access Killarney but are going on elsewhere,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “The real good news is that the outer relief is back on the Government’s priority list and we promise to keep the pressure on our elected Oireachtas colleagues to keep it there.”

However, the project could take another seven years before it would be open to traffic, aside from design consultations and other public forums, there would be a need for the purchase of lands to allow construction of the new road.

“I won’t be resting on my laurels,” added Cllr Kelleher. “Over 18,000 vehicles use the bypass every day and we will be doing everything we can to put the new relief road further up the agenda.”

Two new roads are in the pipeline, the proposals include one that would take traffic from the Lissivigeen roundabout to the Tralee Road and another linking the same junction with Muckross Road.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig

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By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.

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In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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