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Traffic increase on back roads to evade checkpoints

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By Sean Moriarty

Motorists are increasingly using back roads to avoid Garda checkpoints on the main Cork to Killarney road it was revealed at a Council meeting this week. Gardai have been monitoring the movement of people under current Level 5 restrictions and often set up roadblocks at Lissivigeen National School at the junction of the N22 Killarney to Cork road and the N72 Mallow.

As a result of this traffic build up, frustrated motorists have instead used a narrow back road in Upper Lissivigeen known locally as Tadgh Ryan’s Road that links Lissivigeen with the Mallow Road and bypasses the checkpoint.

The roads have since fallen into disrepair and local residents raised concerns with councillors who brought up the issue at last Wednesday’s online meeting of Killarney Municipal District.

It was there that the additional issue of checkpoint evasion was revealed.

Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan was the first to raise it and called for the Council to erect traffic calming signs, as an interim solution to the problem "for the duration of COVID".

His elected colleague Cllr Michael Gleeson added that the road was being used for “evasion purposes”.

Killarney Gardai are aware of the issue.

“We will continue to operate checkpoints at Lissivigeen and the times will vary,” a Killarney Garda spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

Meanwhile, a similar issue is being reported at St Margaret’s Road.

Frustrated motorists stuck in a backlog of traffic heading towards the Tralee Road are using the residential street as a cut through to Hans Liebherr Road.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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