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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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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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