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Traffic chaos continues at O’Sullivan’s Place

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By Michelle Crean

A new one-way traffic system at O'Sullivan's Place - designed to make the area safer - continues to be completely ignored by motorists - according to local residents.

CRASH: A car that crashed in to a pole at the 'No Entry' turn to O'Sullivan's Place on Sunday.

As reported in last week's Killarney Advertiser, residents from O'Sullivan's Place highlighted their fears that someone will be "killed" and pleaded with motorists not to use the road as a shortcut.

The road is now a one way system with a narrowed roadway and new 'No Entry' signage from St Anne's Road have been erected. However, just days after publicly highlighting their fears, a car crashed in to the pole on a footpath last Sunday.

John Keogh, who was born and reared in O'Sullivan's Place, told the Killarney Advertiser this week that even with the new changes drivers are still paying no heed to the new rules.

Since the new system was implemented, a resident counted 160 cars coming through the road per hour - and it is still as busy with motorists using it as a "rat run", he explained.

"Once it gets backed up any bit at all people go through it as a short cut," he said. "There has to be recourse. It's going on 40 years, it's become a rat run.The Rules of the Road state you can't drive down O'Sullivan's Place and High St - why would you do one and not the other? What about if there was a family there? Where do we go from here, do we wait until someone is hit?"

He is calling for extra policing especially during the worst pressure times from Friday to Sunday.
He added that residents have asked the Council for extra signage. "They said it's coming. The Council were top class. Botty and Maura Healy-Rae have fought our corner from the start."

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Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at Wednesday's council meeting asking "when will the works at O’Sullivan’s Place be carried out to address traffic concerns there. Residents have been waiting for quite some time".

In their reply Kerry County Council said that it has completed the majority of the civil works at this location.
However, she added that “There are ongoing concerns" there.

"A resident told me the other day 16 cars passed through the estate, the wrong way, in 15 minutes".
Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan said that "It is still being used as a rat-run".

"That car hit the pole by trying to go against the one-way system. It is at a point where the Gardai will have to put an officer there.”

Cllr Brendan Cronin said that “During the planning stages, we said enforcement will be a problem there. It is happening day and night."

John Ahern, Senior Engineer with the Council explained that “it is clearly signed".
"Everything is in place, I have asked the Gardai to actively enforce it. [Drivers could] get three to five points on their licence if caught. It is a complete disregard for public traffic [regulations]. The full rigors of the law should be acted upon them.”

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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White Tailed Sea Eagles released into Killarney National Park

By Sean Moriarty Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park. The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park.

The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough Derg and the lower Shannon Estuary where a total of 16 of the once extinct in Ireland birds have been released in recent days.

On Friday last, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin was in Tarbert where a number of eagles were released into the wild as part of a project to re-establish a population of this iconic species in Ireland.

This was followed by a further release today (Tuesday) in Killarney National Park by the Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, TD, accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mari Skåre.

Also in attendance were a group of visiting Norwegians who were responsible for the collection of the eagle nestlings in Norway earlier this year.

These white-tailed Eagle chicks arrived in Kerry Airport last month as part of a long-term wildlife reintroduction project.

The four eagle chicks brought to Killarney National Park have been held in special aviaries in a remote part of the Park where they have been carefully looked after by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

“It has been wonderful to watch the release of the magnificent White Tail Eagles collected in Norway. The friendship between the people of Norway and the people of Ireland runs deep. The eagles we see fly free and strong in their natural habitat here today are spreading their wings as a result of the voluntary work of so many,” said Ambassador Skåre.

“Biodiversity is essential for all life on Earth. Yet we are seeing an extremely rapid loss of species world-wide. Through joint efforts we can halt this decline.”

As in previous years, the young eagles were collected under licence in Norway by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and co-workers. All the birds were fitted with satellite tags in Ireland to enable their progress to be followed and their integration into the existing Irish breeding population monitored.

One of the first pairs of White-tailed Eagles to breed in Ireland was in Killarney National Park in 2013 and the pair have remained in the Park since, once again fledging a chick this year. Their nest is in a tree on an inaccessible cliff, but visitors may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the eagles soaring over the mountains or catching fish in one of the Park’s many lakes.

As they mature, these chicks will join and strengthen the small Irish breeding population that has become established since the reintroduction programme began in 2007. So far, 47 young eagles from Norway have been released over the last two years.

FLYING HIGH: One of the White-tailed Eagle chicks released into the wild in Killarney National Park on Tuesday.
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