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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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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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