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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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Ireland’s oldest citizen has Killarney connections

Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week. Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections. The previous record […]

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Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week.

Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections.

The previous record was held by 107-year-old Nancy Stewart who died on September 10 2021.

Although born in Belfast, Máirín went to school in the Mercy Convent. Her father was a customs and excise officer and the family moved around a lot eventually coming to Killarney after spells in County Down and Dublin.

Her mother came from the Rathmore area and her father was from Newmarket in County Cork.

She attended the Mercy Convent and has, in previous interviews, recalled growing up on the shores of Lough Lein.

“Neighbours who had three children were given the job of taking me to school,” she said. “They were annoyed because the children were going to school for two or three years but I was put in to the same class as them – my mother had taught me.”

In 2021 she featured in the book ‘Independence Memories: A People’s Portrait of the Early Days of the Irish Nation’, sharing stories of being kept in school in Killarney during an attack on the RIC barracks down the road.

In 1924 she started a degree in science and a diploma in education at University College Cork, before working in the pathology lab in University College Cork’s Department of Medicine for 16 years.

last year she recalled her story on the podcast: ‘Living History – Irish Life and Lore’.

During the broadcast she talked about her parents’ membership of the Gaelic League in 1910; the Spanish Flu in Ireland in 1918; The Black and Tans in Killarney in 1921; the early days of the new Free State; Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932, visiting the Basket Islands in 1929; and working in the UCC medical laboratory from 1932 until 1948.

This week President Michael D. Higgins hosted an afternoon tea event to celebrate the important role that a variety of people have and can play in different communities and Máirín was among the guests of honour.

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Philip is running over 100kms for Cancer charity

Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday. Phillip has already […]

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Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday.

Phillip has already completed four half marathons at various locations around Killarney – all in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group – or the Cancer Bus as it popularly called.

This is the second time that Phillip has run four half marathon and an official race for the charity.

Back in 2021 he finished with 5km Run Killarney event but his finishing race this time around is over eight times the distance at 42kms.

“We are delighted with Philip’s continued fundraising support but also with his awareness raising for the charity,” Breda Dyland, Service Manager Kerry Cancer Support Trust.

“We are getting busier all the time and still get no statutory funding so are dependent on fundraisers like Philip’s to keep us on the road. We have just put our new wheelchair accessible bus on the Cork route so Philip’s funding will be going towards the operation of this vehicle.”

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