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Spectacular Tomies walk gets green light

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BY ADAM MOYNIHAN

 

There was cause for celebration in Killarney this week as the government announced €500,000 funding for a new looped walk at one of the town’s most renowned beauty spots.

 

Local tourism industry chiefs have been working tirelessly on the development of the stunning walking trail, which will run along the shores of the iconic Lakes of Killarney and encompass some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.

 

When complete, the 9km trail will wind through rich woodlands on the slopes of the 735m-tall Tomies mountain and run along the shores of Lough Lein and the beautiful O’Sullivan’s Cascade.

 

The trail is steeped in Irish mythology with Tomies Wood said to have been the summer hunting grounds of warrior hunter Fionn MacCumhaill. Legend also has it that the cairn of stones on the summit of Tomies is the burial place of an ancient Irish chieftain.

 

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul O’Neill, said the half a million in State funding will allow a long-time dream to be realised for everybody associated with the project.

 

“It is fantastic news and a wonderful way to end what has been a hugely successful year for tourism in Killarney,” he said.

 

“We are very grateful to Minister Brendan Griffin and Minister Michael Ring for this fantastic gesture and we are confident that Killarney will rise to the challenge of creating yet another exceptional gem for Irish tourism through the looped walk at Tomies.”

 

The Government has rubber-stamped €500,000 for the development of the Tomies Wood car park and walk, while a further €208,000 has been approved for a major upgrade of the Dingle Way.

 

“This is great news for the tourism industry in Kerry,” said Junior Minister Brendan Griffin TD. “It is crucial that we invest in such world class locations to ensure that they can facilitate visitors sustainably so that everyone can enjoy the experience when they go there.”

 

The Killarney funding will allow for car parking and access to Tomies Wood and the breath-taking O’Sullivan’s Cascade as well as path maintenance and restoration on the Dingle Way, which is a huge attraction and economic driver throughout the Dingle Peninsula.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin on the Shores of Lough Lein with Michael Spillane (Fossa Way), Pádraig O’Sullivan (National Parks and Wildlife Service), Niamh O’Shea (President of Kerry Branch Irish Hotels Federation) and Paul O’Neill (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce). Pic: Valerie O’Sullivan.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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