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Spa GAA’s first fundraiser in 10 years deemed a resounding success

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Spa GAA held their Cairde Spa fundraising draw on Thursday (February 2) at the clubhouse surrounded by club members and the local community.

At the Cairde Spa draw on Thursday night were Michael Doireann Conor Jim Catherine Jack and Denise Gleeson with Sean O'Brien. Photo: Anne Holland

Winners Pa Eveyln and Noah Murphy with GAA President Larry McCarthy. Photo: Anne Holland

Eoin Ryan Dylan and Donagh Cronin with the Sam Maguire Cup at the Spa GAA Cairde Spa draw. Photo: Anne Holland

On Friday morning enjoying a presidential visit to the Spa GAA Club were Field Committee members Paddy O'Keeffe Billy Morris and Paddy B Lynch with Spa Chairman Michael Cronin Larry McCarthy (GAA President) Andy O'Sullivan and Provincial Council of Britain President Noel O'Sullivan. Photo: Anne Holland

Spa GAA Chairman Michael Cronin making a presentation to GAA President Larry McCarthy to mark the occasion of his visit to Spa GAA Club. Photo: Anne Holland

Larry McCarthy (GAA President) Mick O'Connell Liam Daniels and Ian O'Connell at the Cairde Spa draw. Photo: Anne Holland

The fundraiser, the first major club draw to be held in Spa in over 10 years, had some amazing prizes up for grabs and gained huge support from all corners.

On the night, the club welcomed President of the GAA Larry McCarthy, Provincial Council of Britain President Noel O’Sullivan and Kerry GAA Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan.

Cairde Spa was first launched in September 2022 with the aim of raising funds for new and ongoing projects at the club. As with most clubs and organisations, the pandemic put a halt to many projects and delayed plans that were in the pipeline, but now the club have the chance to continue building and developing for the next generation, creating an environment that will be for the benefit of all ages.

“The response has been fantastic and with the incredible support of the community, both near and far, the draw has been a great success and the club can continue with the development plans that were outlined,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy.

“While the walking track has been a wonderful recent addition to the facilities, the projects on the agenda include layout of a new car park, lighting around the walking track, an outdoors skills wall for the players, dressing rooms for the juvenile and ladies teams, new safety features, dugouts, a new scoreboard, perimeter fencing around the pitches, a remembrance garden and more.”

There were 10 winners in the draw:

1st Prize : €15,000 - Pa, Evelyn and Noah Murphy
2nd Prize: €3,000 - Laurna Mulcahy
3rd Prize: €2,000 - Sean and Marian Moynihan
4th Prize: €1,000 - Dave Herlihy
5th Prize: 2 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Killarney Park Hotel - Tim O’Connor
6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpet and Furniture Centre - Denis Kelly
7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles - Adrian Slane
8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils - Ger and James Lyne
9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware - Paul Russell
10th Prize: Signed Kerry Jersey from Kerry GAA Store - Noel O’Sullivan

“A huge thank you to everyone who has rowed in and supported the draw and helped the club in every way during this event. To the club fundraising committee, Chairman Michael Cronin, our sponsors and to all those who distributed, advertised, sold and purchased tickets over the past few months, to MC Ger Galvin who did a brilliant job as always, to Anne Holland for her wonderful photos and to all our hard-working and dedicated volunteers who keep the show going, míle buíochas to all,” added Deirdre.

The GAA President Larry McCarthy and Provincial Council of Britain President Noel O'Sullivan also made a visit to the clubhouse on Friday morning to see the facilities and also met with some members of the Spa field committee.

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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