SAFETY CONCERN: A deputation representing Fossa National School met with the Council in Killarney on Wednesday morning calling for the installation of a pedestrian crossing outside the school. Pictured l-r were: Catherine McCarthy (Chair of the Parent’s Association), Pat Clifford (Principal), Declan Lynch, Cllr Maura Healy-Rae and Tim Clifford. Photo: Michelle Crean
“It’s absolute mayhem” – says Principal
By Michelle Crean
Safety concerns for almost 300 pupils and staff at one Killarney school continue to linger on as they once again called on the Council to urgently make their school safer.
A deputation representing Fossa National School, which included Principal Pat Clifford, concerned parent Declan Lynch who has four children attending the school, and Catherine McCarthy Chair of the Parent’s Association, as well as local man Tim Clifford, were brought to the Killarney Municipal Meeting in the Town Hall by Cllr Maura Healy-Rae, on Wednesday morning.
They said that children and their parents are regularly taking their lives in their hands at drop off and pick up times as they negotiate crossing the busy N72 Killarney to Killorglin road to get to Fossa National School.
They called for the immediate installation a controlled pedestrian crossing with raised footpaths from the school to the Prince of Peace Church, as parish priest Canon Tom Looney has given his blessing for the 56 car parking spaces in the church grounds to be used.
They also asked for the crossing to be manned by a school traffic warden during school drop off and pick up times.
“I see practically every day near misses,” Principal Pat Clifford told the meeting.
“I think it’s an absolute injustice to every parent. Over 100 parents are coming at the same time – it’s absolute mayhem.”
Cllr Healy-Rae said that she has raised this very serious issue on a number of occasions.
“It’s an ongoing saga unfortunately,” she told the meeting. “It’s posing a very serious safety risk. There’s thousands and thousands of cars passing every day. It’s putting children’s lives at risk.”
Killarney Municipal District Engineer John Ahern said that the Council will work with them to come up with a solution.
He welcomed the fact that the school brought their own consultants on board to look at the structures inside and outside the school.
“We all have to work together to improve the situation,” he said.
However, Mr Lynch became seemingly frustrated with the debate saying he has spoken to a number of Council engineers and an official from Transport Infrastructure Ireland(TII) – but nothing has been done since.
“We’re getting nowhere,” he said.
“I’ve taken time off work to come in here and listen to this rubbish. My four children will have left Fossa by the time anything is done. I’m am quite angry, it’s just not acceptable.”
He said a simple solution is to go up to Mackey Shea’s and buy 100 traffic cones which could be used the following morning.
Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert
NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
By Michelle Crean
Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.
Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.
“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”
Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.
“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”
€1m upgrade for Killarney store
INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle
A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.
Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.
And customers admired the new look.
DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.
“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.
“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”
Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig
By Michelle Crean
One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.
Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.
Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.
‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.
In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.
“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.
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