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Shortage of parking is just not good enough

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THE tourist season is in full swing and so the parking crisis rears its head in Killarney yet again. No matter what time of day, or what day of the week, locals and visitors are faced with a lack of spaces.

So what ends up happening? Motorists are driving around in circles, increasingly desperate, and all the while adding to the congestion of the town. It seems at times as if areas like the Muckross Road, Lewis Road and Mission Road are car parks in themselves, so immobile is the backed-up traffic, particularly on Fridays and throughout the weekend.

Photographer Eamonn Keogh visited some of our town’s main car parks over the past week. St Mary’s Cathedral car park was full to capacity on a Tuesday evening when he called, as was The Glebe car park with the latter also already almost full by 9.30am on the Wednesday. The New Street car park is often a no-go area, so packed is it at any time of the day or evening at this time of year.

And what do we all say? It’s the summer season, so what can we expect? That’s just not good enough. Killarney has been a tourism hotspot for generations and other countries seem to manage vast amounts of traffic so why can’t we? We know there will be an influx of cars every summer so why is there no forward thinking?

Like the beleaguered cars, coaches and trucks, the quest for a solution seems to go round and round in circles as the years pass.

Many visitors now go online to plan and book their trip and such booking facilities can filter search options according to feedback. There is therefore an added danger that Killarney could lose potential revenue in the future if negative feedback has an impact and the town’s placing plummets in search lists as a result of the inconvenient parking situation.
 


 
Above: A packed Glebe car park on Tuesday evening last week; you can see how some drivers have resorted to parking their cars illegally.
PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Shoebox appeal is biggest yet for Faha kids

By Michelle Crean It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet! The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world. The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal […]

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It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet!

The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world.

The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal for approximately six years when parent, Margaret Scully, initially contacted one of the SNAs, Delia O’ Shea, wondering if they’d be interested in taking part. Since then the appeal has been wholeheartedly supported by the pupils, staff and extended Faha NS community.

“This year has been the biggest yet with 140 shoeboxes collected and many more donations online,” Jerry Fitzgerald, Principal of Faha NS, said. “It is a learning experience for the children to realise that there are children just like themselves who may not be so fortunate and they really enjoy being given the opportunity to help out. They have great suggestions as to what to put in the shoeboxes and really put a lot of thought into it. The boxes are wrapped in Christmas paper which is also very exciting both for the children doing the wrapping as well for the children receiving the boxes.” However, he added that last year the COVID-19 pandemic brought about big changes and the physical shoeboxes were not collected. “Instead the children were able to do virtual shoeboxes or donate money. This cloud had a silver lining as this year people have both options and it makes it easier than ever to donate. The shoebox appeal always marks the start of Christmas at Faha NS and we are delighted to be able to help out. We are already looking to smash our record next year! Thanks to everyone who donated. The staff and students of Faha NS would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year 2022.”

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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