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Stolen property returned to renowned Killarney musician

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INTERNATIONALLY renowned Killarney musician Liam O’Connor was tonight reunited with thousands of euro worth of property stolen from his home.

Following a burglary on Wednesday, January 3, gardaí conducted an investigation which led to the recovery of laptops, cash, jewellery, watches and electronic items including a games console. The robbery occurred between 8pm and 9pm on January 3 when the house was unoccupied. “All of the property was recovered in the Muckross Road area,” Superintendent Flor Murphy told Killarney Advertiser. “Two people have since appeared before a special court in Killarney on Sunday in relation to the matter.”

Liam, a gifted accordionist, thanked Killarney Gardaí, including Supt Flor Murphy, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell, Garda Finbarr Donovan and all the detectives involved in the investigation. “They were outstanding,” he said as he retrieved his property from Killarney Garda Station tonight.

An accordion player who holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest fingers in the world, Liam is a master of over 20 instruments. He has performed throughout the world and has also mesmerised audiences at Croke Park.

Other houses in the vicinity were targeted on New Year’s Eve and in one nearby house an attempted burglary was interrupted by vigilant neighbours.
Separately, Gardaí are continuing investigations into a spate of burglaries that occurred in recent days in the Scrahan, Pinewood, Park Road and Woodlawn Road areas.
 


 
Above: Liam O'Connor identifies his stolen property including jewellery, laptops, watches and games console with Garda Finbarr Donovan at Killarney Garda Station on Thursday evening. Pic: Don MacMonagle

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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