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Time to revive the Safe Cross Code

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SAFE CROSS CODE: Killarney Municipal District wants to revive the legendary 'Safe Cross Code' television advert that was sung by Brendan Grace and promoted by Gay Byrne.

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By Sean Moriarty

A legendary road safety television advert from the 1970s could be revived if a plan by Killarney Municipal District members gets national support.

The Safe Cross Code, a catchy road safety advert and sung by legend Brendan Grace encouraged children and adults alike to engage in safe practices while crossing busy streets.

The ‘Safe Cross Code’ song was used extensively in a campaign fronted by 'Judge', the star of the 1970s childrens' television show ‘Wanderly Wagon’.

A generation of school children grew up on words and messages of the advert and locally elected councillors are calling for it to be revived.

Cllr Donal Grady raised a motion at Wednesday’s special meeting between elected members and executive staff.

Grady said he was concerned that pedestrians in Killarney did not understand rules of the road at uncontrolled crossings where people step out into passing traffic.

At such crossings it is at a driver’s discretion to stop but Grady called for KMD to put up notices at the crossings “informing the public that they do not have the right to just walk across”.

Grady’s motion led a lively debate on the legendary advert with Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan threatening to sing the words of the song until he was politely advised by colleagues that they did not need to hear him sing!

“It is time to revive it, it is very relevant today,” Cllr O’Callaghan added and asked for the Council to write to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

Killarney Municipal District Engineer John Ahern agreed with the elected members.

“This is a national issue but Killarney could take the lead,” he told the meeting.

The RSA did re-release the song with the help of Brendan Grace and Gay Byrne a few years ago before both men passed away, but KMD staff believe it is time to do it again.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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