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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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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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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 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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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