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“There are no words to describe it” – Winner of €350k house still in shock

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RECEIVING THE KEYS: Marion Murphy pictured with her family from Gneeveguilla receiving the keys of their new home at No.5 Sailin Rae, Park Road winners of ‘Win a House in Killarney’. Front row from l-r were: Marion Murphy, Carmel Casey and John Lane (Committee Member Ardfert Community Council). Back row l-r were: Tim Foley, Niall Foley, Maurice O’Driscoll (Chairperson of Ardfert Community Council) and Angela Ryan (Treasurer of Ardfert Community Council). Photo: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan 






By Michelle Crean


Winning a four-bedroom house worth €350,000 may be wishful thinking for most of us – but that’s exactly what happened to Marion Murphy who is still getting over the shock.

Marion, who now lives in Bantry, had split the cost of the €100 ticket with her father Tim Foley, brother Niall and sister Carmel Casey, all from Gneeveguilla.

Ecstatic to learn that it was the winning ticket, Marion told the Killarney Advertiser that it still feels “surreal” for them.

“We were at home and we said we’d spilt the ticket and I bought it online,” Marion said.

“It’s still kind of unbelievable. It’s like winning the Lotto. It’s a lovely four-bed house, it’s fab. It’s amazing and we haven’t really realised the extent of the win.”

The ‘Win a House in Killarney’ draw saw participants hope to bag themselves No. 5 Sailin Rae, part of a new development of four bedroom semi-detached houses located just off Park Road. And it proved so popular that Ardfert Community Council, who set it up, have raised over €550,000 for their community project to create more recreational and public spaces in their community.

“Our target was to raise €530,000 and we’ve over €550,000 and still waiting on the total figure,” Declan Raggett from Ardfert Community Council told the Killarney Advertiser.

The community have developed a full sized soccer astro pitch which opened a number of weeks ago, he added.

“We have a fully lit 800m long walkway which is open to the public. And there’s a full sized grass field. Phase two is a full size hall, a public space for all,” he said.

He added a huge thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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