Killarney street to be pedestrianised

30 Mar

Pedestrianisation is to be introduced overnight on a Killarney street. It follows a vote taken by members of Killarney Municipal District on the plans for Plunkett Street.

Independent Cllr Donal Grady was against the move as he said the town was not properly prepared. However, Cllr Michael Gleeson said pedestrianisation is vital to the heartbeat of Killarney which he believes will enhance the town as a tourist destination.

The plans will involve traffic calming measures to restrict vehicular access to Plunkett Street from the Main Street junction to Reen’s Pharmacy. From Monday April 9th onwards between 7pm and 7am Plunkett Street will be pedestrianised on a permanent basis. The council will also trial pedestrianisation on the street from 11am to 7am from tomorrow Saturday March 31st to Monday 9th April, from May 11th until May 21st and from June 29th to September 3rd. Following these trial periods, a report will be prepared for councillors.

All businesses in Plunkett Street were contacted and three public submissions and an observation from Gardai were received on the plans; some concerns were raised about the potential impact on business and traffic.

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Tourism worth €400m to Killarney

12 Feb

A study of the economic impact of tourism on Killarney has found that the industry is worth over €400m to the town annually, and directly employs more than 3,000 people.

But the study has also found that the town is suffering significantly from bottlenecks in the road network as well as from seasonality, with occupancy rates dropping to a low of 20% in December.

Killarney is one of the country’s key tourism hubs, attracting 1.1 million visitors per year.town’s Chamber of Commerce has targeted growth of 30% between now and 2025, and commissioned research and planning company W2 Consulting to come with a road map of how that growth might be achieved.

Its report on the economic impact of tourism on the town points to problems with seasonality and regionality; occupancy rates drop to as low as 20% in December, trailing the national average of 60% for that time of year.

The town is also suffering because of a lack of foreign direct investment – only 7% of visitors come to Killarney on business.

 

Great Southern Hotel reopens

26 Jan

An historic Killarney hotel is re-opening today under its original name. More recently known as The Malton, it’s returning to the original Great Southern name following a major refurbishment.  The grand-dame-style hotel first opened in 1854; the Scally family have owned it since 2014 and it’s part of the Hayfield Family Collection that includes the Killarney Royal Hotel and Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork.

 

Ryanair reinstates Kerry – Faro route

12 Jan

The Kerry – Faro Ryanair route is to be reinstated this summer

Kerry Airport have confirmed the route will be operational this summer, with return flights departing Farranfore from June 2nd until September 29th. Kerry Airport says Faro has been serviced from Kerry since 2010, and airport management made a strong case to Ryanair to continue the series for 2018. The service period to Faro is to be extended into September this year, meaning there will be an additional nine flights.

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IT Tralee joins Lero software research centre

20 Oct

IT Tralee joins Lero software research centre

Kerry play Galway in All-Ireland Quarter Final

24 Jul

Munster Champions Kerry will Galway in next Sunday’s (July 30th) All-Ireland Quarter Final in Croke Park at 2:00pm. The fixture is part of a double bill which will also see Connaught Champions Roscommon take on Mayo at 4:00pm. David Coldrick will be the referee for the Kerry Galway game, with Joe Mc Quillan taking over the role for the Roscommon vs Mayo game.

Ticket Information
Hogan Stand (No Concessions) – €35.00
Cusack Stand – €35.00
Terrace – €25.00

Family Tickets – Cusack and Davin Only
Adults – €35.00
Juveniles – €5.00

Tickets are available online at GAA.ie

All 5 Kerry seats declared

1 Mar

All five seats have now been filled in the Kerry constituency following Friday’s general election. The five TDs, who’ll be taking their place in the 32nd Dail, were declared elected after a count spanning two days at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre. Returning Officer Padraig Burke made the official announcement shortly after 8pm Saturday night.

The final three seats were filled after the 11th count, with outgoing Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin elected following the elimination of Labour’s Arthur Spring and the distribution of his votes. Fianna Fail’s John Brassil and Sinn Fein’s Martin Ferris were then elected, without having reached the quota. Earlier in the day Independent Danny Healy-Rae took the second seat, with his brother Michael elected in the first count with in excess of 20 thousand first preferences, the highest vote in the country in this election.

Speaking after his elimination outgoing Labour TD Arthur Spring said that he has no regrets. He said that it had been an honour to represent the people of Kerry and West Limerick. However FG Candidate and former Minister Jimmy Deenihan admitted he was disappointed at the loss of his seat. Returning Officer Padraig Burke has deemed the following candidates elected in Kerry following the 11th and final count:

Fianna Fail

Candidate Party Votes
Michael Healy-Rae Independent 20,378
Danny Healy-Rae Independent 13,826
Brendan Griffin Fine Gael 14,050
Martin Ferris Sinn Fein 12,964
John Brassil 12,792