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Solution in sight for New Road traffic congestion

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Plans to widen the junction where New Road meets Rock Road have taken a step forward.

It is hoped to build a feeder lane on to Rock Road by cutting back a portion of the front lawn of Killarney Garda Station.

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a deal in principle has been agreed with Killarney Gardai but the land is owned by the Office of Public Works and the final decision rests with this Government agency.

A detailed plan on the junction is expected to be published by the end of March following a request for an update by Cllr Brendan Cronin.

“Following on from previous meetings, Kerry County Council has prepared plans to assist in the traffic flow along the New Road. Consultation has taken place with An Garda Síochána, Bus Éireann and the school principals. We are currently finalising the plan and once finalised will be presented to [elected] members before the end of March.”

Meanwhile there have been calls for clarity regarding the part-time one way system that is in place on New Road at school drop-off and pick-up times.

A one-way system operates at certain times during the day which forces motorists to approach New Road from the Port Road side and prevents motorists entering the busy school street from Rock Road.

However, since the beginning of the new school year last September some schools have changed their starting and finishing times and these times do not correspond with the times set out by Kerry County Council to allow the temporary one-way street arrangement.

To bring both the Council’s and schools’ timings into line would require a public consultation.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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