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Time to get on your bikes as new 750m Killarney cycleway opens

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Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Cronin, officially opened the Muckross Road to Ross Road Cycleway, adding a key link to the town’s cycling and pedestrian pathways.

AND IT'S OPEN: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Brendan Cronin officially opened the Muckross Road to Ross Road Cycleway adding a key link to the town’s cycling and pedestrian pathways. From left: Eileen O'Donoghue (Killarney Municipal District Officer) Cllr. Niall O'Callaghan Cllr. Niall Kelleher Cllr. Marie Moloney Cllr. Donal Grady Kathleen Gleeson Michael Gleeson Cllr Maura Healy Fr. Niall Howard Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr. Brendan Cronin Angela McAllen (Municipal District Manager) John Ahern (Engineer Killarney Municipal District) Daniel Canty (Construction). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

ON YOUR BIKE! Recently retired councillor Michael Gleeson on his bike on the new cycleway which was recently opened.

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The scheme, which was constructed by Daniel Canty, under the supervision of Killarney Municipal District Engineers John Ahern and Stephen Sheehan, started in November 2020 and despite stoppages due to COVID, has finished in time for the summer season.

The 750m cycleway joins the Ross Road and Muckross Road, in an off-road, safe route, funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and the National Transport Authority under their Active Travel Measures scheme.

The Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cronin, welcomed the development of the route, praising all those who had been involved in driving this project to completion.

“It is a project that has been on the agenda for quite some time, and significant work has been carried out by the Elected Members, Council officials and local communities in making it a reality,” he said. “I want to pay tribute to everyone involved in bringing it from the drawing board to official opening." Councillor Cronin acknowledged the input of former Councillor Michael Gleeson who was in attendance at the opening.

“Over the past 18 months, with the various restrictions due to COVID, the ability for people to be able to go out for a cycle or a walk has been critical for their well-being. The development of such a key outdoor recreation project is crucial for the town and we look forward to being able to further continue the development of such dedicated cycleways and pathways.”

Municipal District Manager, Angela McAllen also praised all those who have been involved in the project, and pointed to the importance of having such projects shovel-ready in terms of design and planning, to be able to take advantage when national funding for projects such as these become available.

“This is a key link between the Muckross and Kenmare estates, and with fantastic views along the river, it is something that young and old can enjoy in a safe, vehicle-free setting,” she said. “We are committed to improving the cycling and walking provision for residents and visitors to this county, in keeping with the objectives of the County Development Plan and the desire for greater access for all ages.”

Fr Niall Howard finished with a blessing as part of the opening and acknowledged the importance of a quiet space for walking and cycling.

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AND IT'S OPEN: Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Brendan Cronin officially opened the Muckross Road to Ross Road Cycleway adding a key link to the town’s cycling and pedestrian pathways. From left: Eileen O'Donoghue (Killarney Municipal District Officer) Cllr. Niall O'Callaghan Cllr. Niall Kelleher Cllr. Marie Moloney Cllr. Donal Grady Kathleen Gleeson Michael Gleeson Cllr Maura Healy Fr. Niall Howard Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr. Brendan Cronin Angela McAllen (Municipal District Manager) John Ahern (Engineer Killarney Municipal District) Daniel Canty (Construction). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

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Tributes paid to poet who leaves a rich legacy behind

Tributes have been pouring in for poet and writer Brendan Kennelly following his death (yesterday) Sunday. President Michael D. Higgins, Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley, and the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, have extended their condolences. Kennelly, one of the country’s most popular poets, was a Professor of Modern […]

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Tributes have been pouring in for poet and writer Brendan Kennelly following his death (yesterday) Sunday.

President Michael D. Higgins, Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley, and the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, have extended their condolences.

Kennelly, one of the country’s most popular poets, was a Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College, Dublin until 2005. He passed away in Áras Mhuire Nursing Home, Listowel, at the age of 85.

“As one of those who had the great fortune of enjoying the gift of friendship with Brendan Kennelly for many years, it is with great sadness that I have heard of his passing,” President Michael D. Higgins said.

“As a poet, Brendan Kennelly had forged a special place in the affections of the Irish people. He brought so much resonance, insight, and the revelation of the joy of intimacy to the performance of his poems and to gatherings in so many parts of Ireland. He did so with a special charm, wit, energy and passion.”

With more than 30 collections, he leaves a major body of work, a legacy of teaching as Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College Dublin, and the gratitude of so many younger poets whom he encouraged with honest and helpful critical advice, he added.

“Sabina and I offer our condolences to his sister Nancy, his brothers, Sean, John, Alan and Paddy, his granddaughters and the extended family as well as his wide circle of friends, all of whom treasured his presence among them, a friendship he valued.”

A PROUD KERRYMAN

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley said she was saddened to hear of his passing.

“A proud Kerryman and giant of the world of literature. A wordsmith beyond compare blessed with a noble heart and infinite well of creativity. Many, many happy hours in times gone by spent with my students studying his wonderful poems. Remembering him with both gratitude and admiration. Rest in peace, Brendan.”

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, said “Brendan Kennelly was a remarkable poet and writer who produced some of the most important and iconic poems which now form part of his rich legacy”.

“He made poetry popular and accessible, which won him such admiration nationally and internationally. Brendan was first and foremost a Ballylongford man and despite many years in Dublin, he always maintained a close link with, and a love of, his native place. Several years ago, Kerry County Council had the honour of hosting a Civic Reception for Brendan in his homeplace. I know that was one of his proudest days, surrounded by his family and neighbours.”

The Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said that Brendan Kennelly was an exceptional ambassador for Kerry.

“Brendan Kennelly was an exceptionally generous and kind man who always had great time for the people of his native county. He has made an enormous and enduring impact on Irish poetry, literature and culture, which is his wonderful legacy.”
 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Friends of Brendan and members of the public are invited to pay their respects at the Church of St Michael the Archangel, Ballylongford, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday).
 
Funeral Mass will be held at 12 noon in the Church of St Michael the Archangel, Ballylongford, on Wednesday followed by burial in Lislaughtin Cemetery, Ballylongford.

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What to look out for when viewing second hand homes

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.

Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.

This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.

When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.

If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?

Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.

In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.

Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.

Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?

It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.

And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.

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