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A Killarney school principal is hoping a month long school campaign will help parents to slow down outside the school.

Rory D’Arcy, principal of St Oliver's NS in Ballycasheen, one of the county’s biggest primary schools, says with 720 pupils there’s no easy way of getting everyone out safely at home time.

“With 720 pupils there’s no easy way for children to all leave at the same time,” Rory told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“The most important thing is to make it as safe as we can. And there’s a responsibility on us adults to make sure that it’s as safe as it can be. People need to slow down – we’re asking people to slow down and be extra careful.”

Gardai have been doing checkpoints outside the school and have had a meeting with the principal and Board of Management.

And the school has also arranged for the gardai, the Council and the lollipop lady to come and hold a talk in the school.

It’s been an issue at the school for some time and now the Green Schools committee are focusing on it as part of their National Big Travel Challenge for An Taisce as they work towards obtaining their 11thGreen Flag.

They’ve organised a Bus to School walk and so far over one hundred pupils meet every morning and walk to school from Countess Road, Woodlawn and the Church of the Resurrection.

The school has also had a number of assemblies highlighting road safety for all pupils, run a traffic awareness campaign, pedestrian safety talk, a slogan competition and a safe parking campaign.

Green Schools coordinator Máiréad Kerrisk said it’s doing wonders for the children.

“It’s making a huge difference to the children and it’s all they’re talking about,” she said.

“They’re learning a lot more and focusing better because of the fresh air in the morning. We’re running it until the end of February and long term hopefully if we get the support from the parents.”

 

 

 

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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10 new jobs announced for Kerry County Council

The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets. The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects. The plan […]

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The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets.

The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects.

The plan acknowledges that this requires the resourcing of housing delivery teams and the posts being announced include a wide range of positions from engineers to quantity surveyors and architects with provision also made for the necessary administrative resources.

“I welcome this announcement by my Cabinet colleague Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien,” Minister Foley said.

“Housing is a key priority for Government and these new posts are an endorsement of the excellent work carried out by Kerry County Council and a deserved recognition of their continued commitment to providing social housing to all local communities across Kerry.”

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