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Is it time to raise umbrellas over Main Street?

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THE introduction of street coverings over parts of our town centre is once again being discussed in Killarney. After raising the matter at the recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District, Councillor Michael Gleeson noted that he had in recent years also highlighted it to the now-abolished Killarney Town Council. "As a town councillor, I proposed to Killarney Town Council that serious consideration would be given to the introduction of street coverings at locations where locals and visitors gather to re-create and relax,” he told Killarney Advertiser.
“The council accepted that the proposal had merit and decided to investigate the matter. Towards that end the factory that manufactures street umbrellas was visited.
The council was giving serious consideration to the erecting some on the pedestrianised part of Main Street.” It was intended to have detailed discussions with property owners along that street and their views would be carefully considered, added Cllr Gleeson.
“Sadly, before progress could be made, Minister Phil Hogan wielded his ruthless axe and abolished the town council,” he said. “In the belief that my original proposal may have some merit and some interest for the Killarney Municipal Area council. The response from the council was that the proposal had merit but that it needs further examination in relation to location, streetscape impact, procurement, ongoing maintenance and cost. We await the result of those investigations and the views of the public."
Engineer Paudie O’Mahoney has over the years highlighted his concept for large canvas covers for the streets. “We live in one of the wettest areas of the country,” he reasoned. “If we put out a few large canvas overs on the street I guarantee you people will like them.”
Both Mr O’Mahoney and Cllr Gleeson noted that street coverings would be of immense benefit when it came to staging outdoor events in Killarney as well as attracting shoppers, offering shelter from the elements no matter what the weather.
 


 
Above, our colourful and whimsical take on the concept.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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