Kerry towns and villages are marking another successful year in the Tidy Towns competition across a range of different categories. Congratulations to Killarney for achieving the highest score in the county and the second highest overall mark in the country!
Category A is for villages with a population under 200. There are 13 villages in Kerry in this category. The winner of Category A in the county was Portmagee followed by Currow, Knocknagoshel, Glenbeigh and Baile na nGall. Category B is for villages with a population from 201 to 1,000. 16 Kerry villages are in this group, top of the county is Sneem followed by Knightstown, Tarbert, Beaufort and Moyvane.
Category C covers small towns with population up to 2,500. In Kerry, Ballybunion tops this group then it’s Castleisland, Dingle, Killorglin, Caherciveen and Milltown. In Categories D, F and G there were four gold medal winners Kenmare, Listowel, Killarney and Tralee.
The full results of the Tidy Towns Competition for 2013
The following YouTube videos have been created by Joesph O’Loughlin and the complete set of drive through videos of Irish towns and cities can be found here.
The journey to the Kingdom is underway for 32 Rose of Tralee hopefuls. The cross border trip will include visits to Galway, Derry, Sligo, Belfast and Limerick, before arriving in Tralee in time for the Rose Ball on Friday.
For the first time in a decade, the Rose Tour will visit Northern Ireland, taking in a tour of the Titanic Festival in Belfast and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Derry, the 2013 UK City of Culture. Tomorrow the Roses will cross the Border to Sligo, followed by an evening in Galway, where they’ll first meet their Escorts. However, the Roses will have to wait until Friday when the Escort Rose pairings will be revealed, before all 32 Roses attend the annual Rose Ball as guests of honour.
This year’s festival and Rose Gathering will continue until Tuesday, when the 2013 Rose of Tralee will be selected. Rose of Tralee televised host Daithí O’Sé says there’s no other festival in the world that ties its diaspora together in the way the Rose of Tralee International Festival connects the global Irish community.
Kerry County Council today announced the €97m route will be officially opened on Friday 16th August at 12:00pm by Minister Jimmy Deenihan.
The bypass was originally due to open in March; however contractors BAM said this date would be delayed due to a number of factors including uncovering deposits of limestone, as well as heavy rainfall last year.
Friday’s opening now means the bypass is open in time for this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival, and expected to reduce journey times through Tralee by at least 8 to 10 minutes. Kerry South Deputy for Fine Gael, Brendan Griffin has welcomed the announcement.
Work on installing water meters in Kerry is expected to begin next month. The county is among three areas selected to pilot the inspection process.
Surveying began in Kerry at the start of the year; this involves locating the stopcock and assessing the suitability of its location for the installation of a boundary box and meter. Seven inspectors are working to survey homes. At the end of June around 31 thousand properties were surveyed and there are approximately 21 thousand remaining.
Irish Water, the body established to roll out the metering programme, has divided the country into eight regions and up to four major contractors will be selected to carry out the works. The first of these contracts will be in Kerry.
Mayor Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald is to arrange for Junior Minister Fergus O’Dowd who has responsibility for the programme to address a meeting of Kerry County Council. Councillor Toireasa Ferris questioned if the people of Kerry will be billed before others as meters are to be installed here first. Director of Water Services Oliver Ring said that everyone will be billed at the same time and the advantage of having the meter is that people will know how much their bill is.
via Radio Kerry News
A man’s body has been found at the scene of a suspected gas explosion in Killarney, Co Kerry. Gardaí had been searching for 59-year-old businessman James Gleeson, who owned the laundrette that was damaged by the explosion yesterday morning.
Mr Gleeson ran a supermarket and laundrette businesses in the town for many years. The body has been taken to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee. The explosion, which caused extensive damage (see photos below), is thought to have been caused by a gas leak, but this has not yet been confirmed.
To celebrate our oldest regatta and wonderful rowing tradition on the Lakes of Killarney, The Regatta Committee are hosting Killarney Rowing Festival, at O’Mahoney’s Point, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Killarney on Sunday 28th July 2013, commencing at 12 Noon. The unique event also co-insides with ‘The Gathering 2013′ a Tourism Ireland initiative honouring Ireland’s Diaspora and historical and cultural links to Ireland. Killarney’s tourism success owes much to the visit of Queen Victoria to Killarney in 1861.
Both Oxford and Cambridge Boat Clubs have gratefully accepted our invitation and will be joining us on Sunday 28th July 2013 to take part in our Rowing Festival. Flights to Kerry Airport, two nights accommodation, have been kindly funded and sponsored by Tourism Ireland, with Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism generously providing accommodation. The boats will be ready and waiting at the pier at O’Mahoney’s Point, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.
The Killarney Annual Regatta, is now the oldest traditional regatta in the World, steeped in glorious history and raced on Lough Lein, one of the famous Lakes of Killarney. The Annual regatta in now in its 227th year. There are five remaining active clubs in the town and hinterland of Killarney, each operating from various boathouses along the shores of Lough Lein.
via Muckross Drive House B&B