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Traffic chaos set to continue until the end of March

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By Sean Moriarty

Early morning motorists heading to Killarney from the Tralee side were left very frustrated this week as heavy traffic backed up as far as Dunrine causing huge delays.

Works have begun on the long-awaited Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme. As a result the Coolcorcoran access to the Killarney by-pass is closed until the end of March. The main road from Kilcummin to Killarney is also closed until September 8.

As a result traffic leaving Kilcummin and heading towards Killarney must travel via Lawlor’s Cross forcing extra traffic onto the already busy Tralee Killarney road.

With the slip road at Coolcorcoran also closed traffic has been backed up from the Cleeney roundabout all the way to Dunrine every morning this week.

“Uisce Éireann and Kerry County Council are continually monitoring the temporary traffic management system during ongoing road closures,” a spokesperson for Uisce Éireann and Kerry County Council told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was noted on Wednesday that the traffic was not as heavy as the previous morning. It is often the case that traffic can be heavy during the first few days after a temporary traffic management system is implemented but does improve as the local traffic adjusts to the temporary measures.”

It was suggested that a one-way system could operate on the Coolcorcoran road but this is not possible due to safety concerns.

“Unfortunately, it is necessary to close the road until the end of March, a one-way system cannot be accommodated due to the nature of the works, the current width of the road, and the need to ensure the safety of the construction workers and road users,” added the spokesperson.

“Uisce Éireann will continue to monitor and review the traffic management system over the coming days.

“The Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme is a long awaited and significant project for the area, Uisce Éireann is mindful of the disruption during the construction works and will continue to mitigate the impact as much as possible on the local community.”

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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