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Volunteers plan to have Killarney looking good!

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LOOKING GOOD: Members of the Killarney Looking Good committee are ready to clean up the town's streets. Pictured were: Patricia Mangan, Kathleen Foley, Claire Morris, Padruig O'Sullivan and Clio the dog. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

The clocks are going forward this weekend - which signals the beginning of the Wednesday Clean Ups – starting back this coming Wednesday evening.

Volunteers are more than welcome to join the Killarney Looking Good group at 7pm at Variety Sounds, College Street, to take part in a one hour litter picking drive.
It’s the start of their campaign to clean up the town’s streets ahead of the national Tidy Towns competition later this summer, explained chairperson Yvonne Quill.
“The Killarney Looking Good committee are looking forward to welcoming back our existing volunteers and we hope to see some new volunteers taking part,” she said.
“All our volunteers will be provided with bags, gloves etc., to help them with the clean ups.”

The contribution that the volunteers make on a Wednesday evening is very visible in the town and surrounding areas, she added.
“This year, we will be working around the town centre, streets, lanes etc. When necessary we may also need to move further out to the approach roads. Our work includes litter picking, weeding, painting and general maintenance where necessary.”
She explained that the Killarney Looking Good Committee are pulling out all the stops this year in an effort to increase their marks and maintain the high standards that they have achieved to date.
“The town increased by six points in 2018 to 334 marks and we strive to improve on this again in 2019. The support of the community and businesses is essential to our success and we are very grateful to them for all their support throughout the years. We hope you will come along and join us Wednesday evening.”

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

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