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Widespread anger as Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme delayed again

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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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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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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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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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