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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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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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