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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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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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