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Still no action on Finnegan’s Cross accident black spot

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Safety enhancement work at a notoriously dangerous junction have yet to progress despite repeated calls from elected councillors and an on-going spate of accidents there.

The latest temporary solution is to paint high visibility yellow lines on the approach roads to Finnegan's Cross in an effort to cut down on the number of accidents at the junction.

At a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting Cllr Brendan Cronin called for “a table top” surface at the junction to slow traffic down while they are waiting for the funding to undertake agreed improvement works.

This proposal was not approved by a Council engineer.

“Finnegan's Cross is located on the junction of two Local Primary Roads in a rural area, which has a speed limit of 80kph. As per the Traffic Management Guidelines published by the Department of Transport and the Design Manual for Urban Street Roads and Streets, it not recommended to provide a table top surface or ramps on roads outside of an urban area with speed limits greater than 50kph,” the engineer said.

However, the engineer confirmed that yellow lines will be installed while the Council awaits funding.

“At the request of the Department of Transport, Kerry County Council submitted a Preliminary Appraisal Report for Finnegan's Cross highlighting the associated issues and accident history. On foot of this, Kerry County Council expect to receive the required funding through the Specific Improvement Grant Allocation in 2023. This funding will be announced in January 2023," he added.

This will be the third year in a row that funding has been allocated to the junction. Unused funds go back in to the pot for the following year.

Cllr. Maura Healy-Rae pushed the Council to apply for emergency funding to carry out the necessary safety improvement works at the same junction.

A Council official replied: “Kerry County Council was successful in obtaining funding via the Low Cost Safety Improvement Works grant allocation in 2022 however, the expected cost of the works exceeded the allocation.”

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Country Queen Cliona Hagan to play Sneem Hotel

Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May […]

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Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 PM.

Known for her powerful vocals, captivating stage presence, and chart-topping hits, Cliona Hagan promises to deliver a memorable performance that will have the audience on their feet and singing along all night long.
The concert, set against the stunning backdrop of Golden’s Cove at the Sneem Hotel, promises to be an unforgettable experience for country music fans of all ages. From heartfelt ballads to lively toe-tappers, Cliona Hagan’s versatile repertoire ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets for the concert are priced at €25 and can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. Don’t miss your chance to see Cliona Hagan live in concert at Sneem Hotel on May 11th. Overnight hotel stay packages including dinner and concert tickets, bed and breakfast are also available!
For more information, please visit www.sneemhotel.com or contact 064 667 5100.

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Coffee morning for Kerry Cancer Support Group at the Royal

Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group. Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, […]

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Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, delicious homemade scones, pastries and treats await in the newly refurbished lobby and bar.

All guests attending will also have the chance to be entered into a raffle with a number of wonderful prizes on offer throughout the morning. Volunteers will also be on hand to accept donations, with all proceeds going to the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

“The Kerry Cancer Support Group work hard each day to provide an excellent service and are devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to free programmes and resources. Killarney Royal are delighted to support this incredibly worthy charity,” said Brand Sales and Marketing Executive Aoibheann O’Leary.

All are welcome on the morning, with no pre-booking needed.

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