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Solution to traffic issue in sight 

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Following a meeting with local residents Killarney Municipal District will prepare a draft traffic management plan in an effort to eliminate unnecessary traffic from O’Sullivan’s Place.

 

Residents are concerned for their own safety after a notable increase in traffic through the area’s narrow streets. Motorists use the lanes as a way of avoiding traffic queues that build up on St Anne’s Road and continue down Lewis Road, particularly at peak times and during the busy summer months.

 

Several elected councillors tabled similar motions at this week’s Killarney Municipal District meeting.

 

Cllr Maura Healy Rae asked if there is any progress on a request to trial a closure of the St Anne’s Road entrance to the estate while Cllr Niall Kelleher asked if there had been any progress on requests made by residents to find a solution to reduce traffic in the area.

 

Senior Kerry County Council officials confirmed at Wednesday’s meeting that they had met with residents and that a no-entry system at the St Anne’s Road entrance was the solution that found most favour with locals.

 

“Following the traffic count and speed survey which had been carried out, Kerry County Council had an on-site meeting with residents of O’Sullivan’s Place. As a result of this, Kerry County Council are preparing design drawings for traffic calming which it intends to place on public display before the end of the year,” the Council said.

 

The decision was welcomed but the Council was warned that if the plan was not successful it would have to be revisited. Concerns were raised that in previous cases, plans could not be reversed without a second public consultation and elected members were concerned that the new traffic plan could become a permanent fixture, even in the event of the new plan not working.

 

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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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