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Words of praise from anti-litter league judges for Killarney

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KILLARNEY was once again presented at its best in 2016, noted judges of the recent Irish Business Against Litter awards. What was notable at many of the sites was the overall presentation of the streetscape – High Street/Main Street and New Road – all were in very good order.

Park Road Commercial Park was deemed "noticeably improved on a previous survey" and Plunkett Street was rated as excellent.

So what more did the judges have to say? Read on....

Countess Grove: Grade B – Much of this residential area was generally in good order but there was an area which definitely had a litter presence – plastic bottles, sweet papers and plastic bags.

Dalton Avenue and Marian Terrace: Grade A – Cleary this is a very well respected and cared for residential area. The overall impression was of a very clean and well-maintained environment.

High Street and Main Street: Grade A – A busy shopping environment which has scored very well, despite heavy usage. There was a virtual absence of litter throughout and the overall impression created here was a very positive one.

Recycle Facility at High Street Car Park: Grade A – A well-presented recycle facility with all aspects of the area surveyed in very good order.

New Road: Grade A – All was in very good order along this road – there was a virtual absence of litter throughout. The overall impression was of a well-maintained environment.

Park Road Commercial Park: Grade A – The surveyor remarked that this area was much improved on IBAL Survey 1, 2016. As noted in previous survey the wire fencing was in poor order but there was no obvious litter.

Plunkett Street: Grade A – This was an excellent site. All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order and there was an absence of litter throughout.

Aldi/Tesco – Deerpark: Grade A – Taken as one site, both Aldi and Tesco have scored very well. Clearly the whole area is very well managed with regard to litter and generally presentation.

Tralee approach road: Grade B – There was a definite litter presence along the road on the approach into Killarney – coffee cups, plastic and glass bottles, cans, fast-food wrappers and sweet papers were all present. Some parts of the shrubbery / grass verges were better maintained than others.

Killarney to Cork connecting road: Grade B – A moderately littered route. On the road out of Killarney it was noted that there was a very large anti-littering sign which is obscured by the overgrown trees/ bushes. There were other “anti-littering” notices along the route. Within the Kerry County Council area the road the top litter grade is certainly achievable.

 


 
Above: Yvonne Quill, chairwoman, Killarney Looking Good/Killarney Tidy Towns,and Kathleen Foley, of Killarney Looking Good/Killarney Tidy Towns receive the scroll from Conor Horgan of IBAL.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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