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Students take on new Park and Stride initiative  

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By Michelle Crean

A new Park and Stride initiative ‘5 Days 5 New Ways’ to encourage alternative means of travelling to school was launched in Killarney this week.

The initiative began at 8.30am on Monday morning in St Brigid's Secondary School, as students were dropped to Tesco car park in town and walked to school from there. Carpooling was the mode of transport on Tuesday, cycling on Wednesday. On Thursday, students assembled in the Lidl carpark and were escorted to school, and Friday everyone was encouraged to use the bus service.

It is all part of the Green Schools Initiative, with the main aim of the campaign to reduce congestion outside the school entrance, focus on the health and well-being of the students to encourage them to walk and cycle to school.

The school also hopes to promote the very topical issue of climate change by reducing carbon emissions, Sheree Murphy, Green Schools Coordinator of St Brigid’s explained.

"The support from various organisations such as Killarney Gardaí, Killarney Tidy Towns Committee and Mayor of Killarney John Sheahan has been phenomenal,” she said.

“I think everyone would like to see the public, and in particular students getting more active in the morning, as it is not only beneficial to our health but also to the environment and Killarney town itself."

She added a particular thank you to the Tidy Towns committee who sponsored a €30 voucher per day for any student who got involved in the ‘5 Days 5 New Ways’ initiative. The student’s names were entered into a raffle for a voucher. And Colm Copper, representing AIB, sponsored a voucher for students who got involved in two or more mornings.

Kerry footballer and All-Star winner, Sarah Houlihan was also on hand during Thursday’s event in order to encourage more walking to school, she added.

“Thank you to Garda Jamie Lenihan who organised a Garda presence on each of the days. The Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Councillor John Sheahan commended the teachers and the students for their initiative in trying to drive a change in behaviour around transport. The development of safe, accessible walking and cycling routes in Killarney is of vital importance to the long term development of the town.”

 

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

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