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Skateboard Park rolling thanks to funding

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By Sean Moriarty

Skateboarders who have been campaigning for nearly 20 years for a dedicated park for the sport have welcomed funding this week to get the project off the ground.

Kerry County Council was awarded €133,188 in funding for the Killarney Skateboard Park as part of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme for 2022.The local authority has already identified a site on the grounds of the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.“I remember attending a meeting in the KDYS Killarney in 2003 when plans for the project were being discussed,” Sean Murphy, Chairperson of the Killarney Skatepark Committee, told the Killarney Advertiser.“Skateboarding and similar sports offer significant physical and mental health benefits. The addition of a skatepark will offer a healthy and safe outdoor amenity which the pandemic has shown is a really important outlet for young people.”Sean praised the efforts of local politicians, especially Cllr Donal Grady and TD Brendan Griffin for their support of the project."Through countless hours of dedicated and persistent work from Donal Grady and Brendan Griffin and other local TDs, the KDYS, Kerry County Council officials and members of the Killarney skateboarding community, the project is finally looking like it's going to proceed,” he added.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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