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Traffic still a major concern for elected councillors

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By Sean Moriarty

 

Traffic congestion in Killarney remains top of the agenda as elected representatives of Killarney Municipal District met for the first time this year.

 

Mayor Michael Gleeson sparked a multi-layered debate when he asked Kerry County Council to give an update on proposals to solve traffic delays at two prominent road junctions in the town, at the recent Council meeting in the Town Hall.

 

The Woodlawn/Ballycasheen and the Coolcaslagh/Upper Lissivigeen junctions, which join the N22 on the Cork side of Killarney, are prone to long delays and danger as motorists attempt to join the busy main road from the equally busy side roads.

 

Kerry County Council confirmed that traffic and speed surveys have been undertaken at both junctions and these will help inform improvement options at both locations.

 

However, additional delays were incurred as the assigned engineer has left Kerry County Council and their replacement has just only made contact with Gleeson in recent weeks.

Gleeson is key to the project as he knows the landowners in the area.

 

“There has been no progress since May. I stood there [in May] with an engineer only to learn he has transferred to another County Council,” Cllr Gleeson told the meeting. “The new engineer has made contact with me and he now needs to come out so I can show him who owns what land.”

 

The traffic congestion at these two junctions is having a knock-on effect for residents in these areas. Ballycasheen now serves as a rat-run so motorists can avoid congestion at Park Road roundabout and other areas nearby.

 

This issue prompted a motion by Cllr Maura Healy-Rae who asked if speed ramps would be installed in this area.

 

Kerry County Council, in a written reply, said speed surveys had already taken place in this area and as a result speed indicator signs were installed.

 

“There are currently no proposals to provide ramps at this location, however Kerry County Council will undertake a further speed survey to determine if any sufficient change has occurred.”

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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