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Speed limits where secondary roads meet primary roads need to be reassessed according to Cllr Martin Grady

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Cllr Grady raised concerns on several Junctions across Killarney's Municipal District where motorists, pedestrians and cyclists struggle to get safely onto National Roads.

He cited roads and junctions like Ballycasheen/Whitebridge Junction, Loo Bridge, Coolcaslagh, Minish and the Gap Cross.

“As a member of the Fire Service I see first-hand how lethal Junction's are across our District,” he told the meeting.

“Travelling out from Fossa towards Killorglin the speed limit goes from 50km an hour to 60 and just before the Gap Cross the speed goes up to 100 kms p/hour, ludicrous, common sense must prevail.”

“The Ballycasheen and Whitebridge Junction, Loo Bridge, Coolcaslagh and Minish are death traps, 60% of Road Traffic Collisions occur at junction's which results in side impact collisions where the occupants of vehicles have the least amount of protection. I don't agree with the Governments plans to have a blanket speed limit reduction on good open roads.”

Road Deaths are increasing at a worrying level where there is a 19% increase from 2022 to 2023 with increasing figures this year so far.

Research showed there's been an increase in the use of mobile phones along with drug and alcohol use while driving.

“We also have a surge in population in the county with many left hand drive imported vehicles. Within the urban area I believe school bus services should be brought back into service, this would greatly reduce traffic during school times and reduce risk on our roads.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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