The car park at Ross Castle is completely flooded
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.