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Traffic issues to be included in Madam’s Hill project

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ONLINE: Elected members of Killarney Municipal District listen to the concerns of the Ballydribbeen Residents Association via online link. It was thefirst time a deputation was heard by video link in Killarney. Photo: Sean Moriarty

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District executive has given an undertaking to the Ballydribbeen Residents Association that it will include their concerns in all future road plans in the area.

The association brought an online deputation - a new departure for Council and locals in these COVID-19 times - highlighting various road safety concerns in the area.
Association chairman Liam Grimes and Martina O’Riordan addressed Wednesday’s Council meeting via online video link. The deputation was brought by Cllr Marie Moloney.

They raised several issues, which included the safe access and exit from the large housing estate on the Tralee road, pedestrian crossings in the area and traffic management at the Cleeney Roundabout.

They explained that nearly 1,300 people now live in the estate and that the estate's roads are also used for access to Killarney Celtic and Killarney Legion playing pitches.

“Exiting our estate is an absolute lottery,” Martina told the meeting, while Liam added that “Ballydribbeen is developing for 20 years but there is little done to improve our infrastructure”.

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KMD is currently carrying out a traffic survey on the nearby Madam’s Hill junction in an effort to find a solution to the notorious traffic blackspot there.

Separately the local authority is carrying out another traffic survey on the four roundabouts that link the Killarney Bypass from Ballydowney to Park Road. The Cleeney Roundabout is included in this survey.
Area engineer John Ahern gave a commitment to those present at the meeting and to the online deputation that future Ballydribbeen works would be included in the Madam’s Hill project once that gets off the ground.

“The area has a large population of people and connectivity has to be addressed,” he said.
He added that he hopes the findings of the traffic surveys could be brought before a Council meeting early in the New Year.

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Spa GAA lights up – continues each Wednesday night

By Sean Moriarty Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative. The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club has signed up to participate in the Ireland Lights Up winter walking initiative.

The lights will be on every Wednesday night between 7pm and 8pm for the next few weeks at the club’s new walking track. This week marked the second week of night walking but the club also held a candle-light vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy, the Offaly school-teacher who was murdered while out for a walk two weeks ago.

“Participants can follow the walking track that offers a safe off-road path and this activity is open to everyone in the community. If anyone would be available to help with registration or stewarding any night, all help is greatly appreciated,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan-Darcy.

Any volunteers that can help any evening or any questions please contact Margaret Doyle on 0879181970.

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Specialists to examine Killarney trees ahead of future storms

By Sean Moriarty Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district. The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Municipal District is to appoint the services of a tree specialist to exam the condition of trees in the wider district.

The move follows last December’s Storm Barra. during which several tress were toppled. 
One motorist had a lucky escape when a tree fell on their car during the storm. Another fallen tree blocked access to the Moll’s Gap road near Muckross.
Both Cllrs John O’Donoghue and Donal Grady raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.
“In order to mitigate against such events, the Killarney MD Office are in the process of preparing tender documents to procure assessment of specific trees that are in the charge of Kerry County Council.” A council official told the meeting.
“This will allow the MD to make determinations on individual trees in its charge. Individual property owners are responsible for the welfare and maintenance of trees within and along the boundary of their property lines.”

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