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Taoiseach to arrange investigation into Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme

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By Michelle Crean

Taoiseach is Micheál Martin has this week said that he will "have the matter investigated" when questioned about the huge delays and cost of the Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme.

The scheme, which was last week heavily criticised by Cllr Marie Moloney following an online meeting with Irish Water - was raised during Leader's Questions in the Dáil on Tuesday by Danny Healy-Rae TD.

For 21 years the people of Kilcummin - the largest parish in the country - have been trying to progress with the scheme but have been left angered by the many setbacks along the way, the latest the exclusion 40 houses in the area; two roads at Rahanes via Mass Rock and via the graveyard, as well as the road through Tangneys Cross and another towards the GAA Club.

Originally expected to cost €1.2m, the latest figure stands at €9m for the scheme, and Cllr Moloney fears that if plans for connection in late 2022 don't go ahead that it could drive the cost up even more.

"The sanctioning of the scheme is important," Taoiseach Micheál Martin said in his reply to Mr Healy-Rae.

"We will talk to Irish Water to get submissions from the residents and see if something can be done here because when we put in infrastructure we want to make it comprehensive. We do not want to have to go back again in a few years' time to upgrade or redo it. I will have the matter investigated."

Deputy Healy-Rae added that "the Government will have to fund Irish Water properly" and that the "five Deputies from Kerry need to meet".

"The municipal members of the Killarney municipal area want to meet the Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, about this. We will not take no for an answer."

On Tuesday morning a special meeting of Killarney Municipal District was also held, via MS Teams, to discuss the issue, during which the Council agreed to write to all TDs and the minister.

"We would like to have a meeting with the minister as it's a very important issue," Cllr Marie Moloney, who last week said she was left "disappointed and dismayed" following a meeting with Irish Water, told the Killarney Advertiser.

She said if Irish Water had at the time laid the pipes it would have cost €3,900 for each connection but it now stands at €150k per every one hundred metres.

"They should be incentivising people. The cost of the scheme also now stands at €9m, my worry is that the money will be pulled if they don't get on with it. We keep waiting and waiting."

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Fossa’s marathon man competes in Vienna

By Sean Moriarty They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria. Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world. On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon […]

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By Sean Moriarty

They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria.

Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world.

On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon with Tony recording a personal-best time of 2hrs and 45mins. He finished second in the Over 45 category and 27th overall, while Tony completed the course in 3hrs and 3mins.

“You won’t see one of us without the other,” said Tony.

Niall Thompson of Killorglin was also competing in the event.

Tony is a member of the well-known Harty family of Waterford. His two brothers Phillip and William and sister Rebecca all raced for Ireland.

Tony took up running later than his siblings and contested his first marathon in 2015 when was 39-years-old.

Now 45 he cannot stop running and takes in at least two overseas marathons every year as well as Irish and local events.

“It is all part of the experience,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. Both he and Seamus have previously contested marathons in Barcelona, Valencia and Rotterdam and he intends to return to Spain in early December for another crack at the Valencia event.

He prepared for Sunday’s race by winning overall at the Churchtown 5-mile race in Cork last month and the Antrim Half-Marathon a few weeks ago.

“Vienna was very hot, up to 26 degrees, and lots of people were suffering,” he added. “Vienna was supposed to run in April but it got deferred. We prefer running in cooler conditions. Valencia will be around 10 degrees in December which is ideal.”

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Jordan’s new role with St Paul’s

By Sean Moriarty Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club. Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level. The High Jumper then switched […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club.

Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level.

The High Jumper then switched to track and field and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where he made history by becoming the first Kerry athlete to act as a flag bearer for an opening ceremony and lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.

Now back home and preparing for the next Olympics in Paris, he has returned to his first love and will join the backroom staff at the local Division One basketball club ahead of their National League campaign which begins next month.

His father Jarlath Lee is head coach with St Paul’s.

“Jordan is joining us as our strength and conditioning coach,” Jarlath told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Meanwhile, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club National League team will have a distinctive feel to it this year after securing the services of three overseas players it for the season ahead.

The club’s biggest signing is Canadian professional Ben Miller. It was originally hoped that the former two-time Manitoba Player of the Year would play for the local side last season but the pandemic got in the way and the National League was never played. However, he did play two training games this time last year before returning to Canada until travel restrictions lifted.

“He is a good guy, very approachable and very good with the young members,” Jarlath said.

The club has also signed Bulgarian International Emilian Grudov.

The 20-year-old has already represented his home country at U16, 18 and 20 level.

“He is young, athletic and very good offensively,” added Lee.

The returning Lithuanian Dianius Varanaukus completes the club international line up for the 2020/21 season.

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