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Widespread anger as Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme delayed again





By Sean Moriarty


There’s anger in Kilcummin this week after Irish Water announced that it’s to delay plans for the €2.3m sewerage scheme until 2022.

Residents are waiting the best part of 20 years for a sewage scheme in the their area. However, Kerry County Council say they are going to press ahead with €360,000  worth of repairs of the main regional road between Killarney and Kilcummin and charge Irish Water for any future costs in restoring the roads after the sewerage work is done.

The announcement was made during Wednesday’s Killarney’s Municipal District meeting after Council officials revealed that Irish Water had back-tracked on a previous promise to start works on the much overdue scheme.

The Council were holding back on road repairs and resurfacing works in the area as “doing a road to dig it up again is not the way to do business”.

The Council was told at a previous meeting with Irish Water in January that the works would start this year, but a letter read out at this week’s Council meeting confirmed that the scheme will be further delayed until at least 2022.

At several previous meetings, elected members were divided over issues regarding the various works that need to be carried out in Kilcummin. Some councillors were calling for an immediate start to the road improvement works but others argued that it was pointless resurfacing roads in the area when Irish Water would dig them up again to facilitate the scheme.

However, they were united on Wednesday when the letter was read out and expressed their disgust at the way Irish Water was treating residents of the local area.

Mayor Michael Gleeson said that Irish Water was no longer “worthy of our respect”, while Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan labelled Irish Water as “liars”.

“It is a complete betrayal,” said Cllr Brendan Cronin.


Cllr Marie Moloney, who lives in Kilcummin said: “Everytime this is kicked down the road, one month ago they give us a completely different time line”.


Cllr Donal Grady defended colleagues who had now changed their minds.


“In fairness, fellow councillors did not know what they now know, they did not expect what we got today,” he told the meeting. “Let’s get together and get this road done”.


Senior County Council engineer John Breen said the road repairs will now become a priority and that he would have no hesitation in cross charging Irish Water for future restoration works in the area.


“Everything the councillors have said, I have expressed to Irish Water,” he told the meeting. “We will proceed with the road and any additional costs will have to be borne by Irish Water.”



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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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Annual Christmas motorbike charity road run launched

The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18. The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in […]




The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18.

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort and Eagle Lodge in Tralee.

Now in its sixth year, the run, which is organised by an amalgamation of several Kerry motorcycle clubs under the banner of Kerry Bikers, will visit Killarney.

The run gets underway at 10.30am from Tralee. The first stop off is in Sheahan’s Centra on the Muckross Road where the Tralee group will be joined by local motorcyclists before setting off on a yet to be decided route.

“We will announce the route in Killarney. Last year we went to Killorglin, Farranfore and Castleisland. This year Abbeyfeale and Listowel may be in reach and if so we will make donations to Nano Nagle Special School too,” organiser Dave Foley said.

Over one hundred motorcycles are expected to take part in the run. Last year the full convoy measured 1.6km from start to finish.

“We hope to exceed that this year,” added Foley


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