Funding of €186,018 under Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

Sixteen projects in Kerry have received funding under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as greenways, blueways, trails and other projects.

 Welcoming the allocation of €186,018 to Kerry projects, the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley said: ‘These applications were submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development  in partnership with the local development companies in the county. These are very worthwhile projects which will benefit our local communities and will greatly add to our tourism offering.’

 Top of Coom Loop Walk Promotion & Maintenance        

Maintenance of an already established walk & Promotion.           Coom, Co. Kerry               €1,600.00

 Guide to local walks in Glenbeigh Brochure         

Professionally designed, illustrated and printed Brochures           Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry      €640.00

Linking Bolus Loop Walk & Skellig Monks Trail     

Link the Bolus Loop Walk with the Skellig’s Monks’ Trail. Total length of proposed walk is 6.2 km.                Co. Kerry                €5,600.00

Monks Trail Promotion & Emlagh Loop Extension             

Development of a brochure, extension to an existing loop walk Skelligs Monks Trail, Emlagh Loop Walk,                 Co. Kerry     €6,000.00

Keel Up Hill Down Hill & Caher Marsh Maintenance & Promotion.             Repair and upgrade a section of the Keel loop after extreme weather conditions. Develop map cards for Keel loop and Caher Marsh Loop.       Keel & Caher, Co. Kerry     €2,000.00

Bicycle Infracstructure to promote cycling in the town and between trails and loops of the Killarney town environs                Provide additional cycling infrastructure in Killarney mainly through provision of bicycle stands/bays                Killarney, Co. Kerry          €16,000.00

Kerry Way Promotion    Update and redesign inserts in map boards around the Kerry Way walking route               Kerry Way – Killarney, Blackvalley, Glenbeigh, Sneem, Derrynane, Kenmare, Cahersiveen. Co. Kerry    €19,600.00

Promotion of Bonane Heritage Park        Improve signage in the Park and along the approach roads Bonane, Co. Kerry                €3,180.00

Upgrade of Oysterbed Amenity Area, Sneem, Co. Kerry                Upgrade of Oysterbed Amenity Area in Sneem                Oysterbed, Kenmare Bay, Sneem, Co. Kerry       €15,000.00

Inch Strand         Providing 2 no. external showers, approximately 150sqm of temporary boardwalk to improve “Access for All”. The Boardwalk must be temporary in nature and shall be removed approximately 5 months of the year.      Inch Strand, Co. Kerry    €20,000.00

Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Viewing Area       Fitting visitor telescope, info bollard & repaving of the area         Viewing area on Cliff Road, Ballybunion            €20,000.00

Clogher Strand Improvement Works, Ballyferriter            Improvement works      Ballyferriter        €15,200.00

County Kerry Activity Brochure Translation          Translation in both German & French     County Kerry     €7,200.00

Kileen Wood Upgrade   Map, information signs Kileen Wood, Tralee       €11,098.00

Childer’s Town Park & Woodlands            Information, signage & counter North Kerry        €20,000.00

Parks & Gardens of Kerry Brochure         Design, print & translate into both German & French      County Kerry                €11,680.00

Tralee town park              Repairs, signage & footpath overlay        Tralee Town park             €14,400.00

Winning Streak Continues for Great Southern Killarney

The last 12 months the hotel has been honoured by iconic industry awards 4 times, the latest from the Gold Medal Hotel and Catering Review Awards which took place last night, September 25th.  Having already won best 4 star hotel at the same awards in 2017, Great Southern’s Chef was also honoured again this year by winning the Best Breakfast Award.

Commenting on the win, Chief Executive, Ettienne Van Vrede stated;

We are just delighted with this latest win.  As a team we are working hard to consistently improve our service and dining experience at Great Southern. Last month we won best hotel bar for Brownes and for me personally, winning this best breakfast award is particularly significant as we have put a lot of work into our breakfast offering and service at Great Southern because we know that breakfast is our guests’ last experience at the hotel so and it is a vital element to get right”.

In the past 12 months, Great Southern Killarney has achieved huge success with awards such as Ireland’s Hotel Bar of the Year, Ireland’s Four Star Hotel, 2017 Gold Medal Awards, Hotel & Catering Review and Best Conference Venue, National Hospitality Awards 2017.

Con Houlihan Concert: Local talent at the heart of local concert

The very best in local talent will be at the centre of this year’s Con Houlihan Concert, which will take place at the Ivy Leaf on the 6th October, starting at 7.30pm.

The event, which has taken place over the last few years, has always thrown up something special from the best in choirs to John Sheehan of Dubliner fame. However, this year it is back to local roots and what a line up organiser Dan Casey has put together. A real who’s who of local talent both young and old.

Already confirmed and taking part are Castleisland Parish Choir with accompanists Ceila Regan on keyboard. The Walsh Family from Scartaglen. Eileen Mc Sweeney, Presentation Secondary School Choir and soloists. Presentation Secondary School Trad Group. Piper Thomas O’Sullivan

Renowned traditional musicians Nicky and Anne McAuliffe, Denis O’Connor, Con Moynihan and Joan Brosnan.

Musical director for the concert is Ailish Walsh and our MC is Prionsias O’Sullivan.

So put the date in your diary and remember that this is a free event so come early to secure your seat for what will be a great evening.

Can South Kerry quench the East Kerry Fire

 

In the current weather system when warnings are given in yellow, orange and red statuses, East Kerry’s performances to date certainly demand a whole new colour of their own.

Whatever chance they had of hiding their light under a bushel in this year’s championship, it ended when they produced the almost perfect display of football against Dingle last time out running up a fearsome 6-15.

Many were probably too quick to dismiss their 4-20 to 2-11 showing against St Brendan’s after the Tralee divisional side limped over a depleted West Kerry by just 4 points in the preliminary round.

Very few will dismiss any chance of them winning here this evening. Having already bagged 10-35 in only two outings, it will be their forward division that will be expected to bring down the thunder but last year’s beaten finalists South Kerry who will be missing Mark Griffin due to travel don’t normally open the door at the back.

That said their four goal concession was a disappointment to them in their loss to Austin Stacks but that was corrected in their victory over Rathmore in which they kept their second clean sheet of the campaign and on average they have only given up just a dozen scores per game.

So it is pretty obvious where this encounter will be won and lost with the South Kerry back line needing to be as resilient as the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dam and indeed it is certainly not beyond them.

And if tradition is anything to go by both sides will certainly feel that the winning of this tie will be in their own hands from the off. The top two divisional sides in the county who between them who can boast 16 county titles.

While the South have enjoyed the better of things since the turn of the century winning five titles, the eastern district have to look back to the late nineties (1997-1999) when the names like O’Keeffe, O’Sullivan, Daly, Moynihan, Murphy and Crowley scorched all before them.

Today the names of Kealy, Sherwood, Moynihan, McCarthy, Roche and the Clifford’s are worthy successors.

There is no doubting that football in the Eastern District is shining bright at the moment with their minors adding to their recent Under 21 county success and if one is to add in that both sides that contested this years Intermediate final are providing a stable footing for the district then is the enviable is surely only around the corner.

Still strong arguments are really only settled inside the white line and this South Kerry side has certainly had their share of answers over the last number of years.

Brian Sheehan continues to defy father time at midfield as the 33 year old continues to produce his best football in a South Kerry shirt.

By his side his St Mary’s team Denis Daly.

Both have impressed in all their outings. So too has Dromid’s Graham O’Sullivan with 0-7 all from driving runs from defence, while on the inside Niall O’Shea, Diarmuid Keating and Conor O’Shea have all proved a handful despite their diminutive stature.

In the true sense of South Kerry, they display ball players all over the field and William Harmon has installed in them the mantra of “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.

That question will be put to the ultimate test this evening.

 

 

Results to Date

South Kerry 1-15 Rathmore 0-11

South Kerry 1-15 Austin Stacks 4-7

South Kerry 1-14 Kenmare 0-13

 

East Kerry 6-15 Dingle 2-10

East Kerry 4-20 St Brendan’s 2-11

 

Titles

10

South Kerry

1955, 1956, 1958, 1981, 1982, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2015

6

East Kerry

1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1997, 1998, 1999

Tralee’s Golden Voice passes away

Kerry O’Shea of the Tralee Outlook looks back at the life of the man known best for “Singing the Rose” – Liam Heaslip 

The haunting and melodic baritone voice of Liam Heaslip singing the Easter Hymn ‘The Exultate’ rang through St John’s Church on Monday as Liam’s Funeral Mass was celebrated.

Liam Heaslip, who passed away on Friday, was the man who sang the ‘Rose of Tralee’ every year to the winning Rose and the man whose rich and powerful baritone voice was a presence in the St John’s Choir since the foundation of the Choir in 1957.

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley and Festival of Executive Chair Anthony O’Gara were among the many to pay tribute to Mr Heaslip, who resided at 79 St Brendan’s Park.

Cllr Foley, a family friend, described Liam Heaslip as a man of great personal warmth and a gifted singer who shared his talents so generously and willingly with others. Ms Foley went on to say that Liam Heaslip’s rendition of the Rose of Tralee could not be surpassed.

Festival of Kerry Executive Chair Anthony O’Gara, in a statement issued on the Festival’s Facebook page, said that the Festival was incredibly lucky to have known Liam Heaslip and the privelege of hearing him sing. He extended his heartfelt condolences to Mr Heaslip’s family.

For generations of people, Liam Heaslip was the man with the golden voice who became a leading light with the St John’s Gregorian Choir and Siamsa Tire. With Siamsa Tire, Liam travelled extensively and visited three continents.

The 2014 Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh visited Liam at his home in St Brendan’s Park a few months following her selection. Maria was anxious to meet him as he was one of her heroes when she was growing up and of course he obliged her with a verse or two of the world-famous song. It was a wonderful gesture that was really appreciated by Liam and Noreen and their family at the time.

Liam married his childhood sweetheart Noreen Brosnan in 1954 and moved into their newly-built St Brendan’s Park home in 1954, where they were parents to seven children, sons Noel, Pearse, Liam and Eamonn and daughters Kathleen, Thecla and Joan. They Heaslips are a very close and united family and the loss of their father will be hard to bare.

Following his education, Liam worked as a welder with Connie Nolan of Nolan’s Garage. One of the largest projects he undertook with Connie Nolan was the construction of the Viaduct at Fenit Harbour which looks as well today as it did when it was first constructed.

Following his qualification as a Welder, Liam secured employment at the Sheet Metal Factory where he worked for many years. He was one of the best in his profession and for him, no job was too big or small.

Liam was best known for his career in music and entertainment which really blossomed when he met Fr Pat Ahern.

Fr Ahern’s first task when he came to Tralee was to organise the St John’s Choir. He recruited a group of men and young boys and formed the St John’s Gregorian Choir. Liam took part in many of Fr Ahern’s pagents, including Massabiel and the millenium pagent ‘The Dance of Life’ in Millstreet in 2000 and was the leading light in the St John’s Choir for many years.

The Choir members sang at his funeral Mass and formed part of the guard of honour followign the funeral Mass on Monday.

Mr Heaslip’s beautiful golden voice struck a chord everywhere, most particularly during the solemn occasions in St John’s calendar. It was obvious that Liam was thanking the Lord for his particurly wonderful gift as he sang and on Monday morning you could hear a pin drop as a recording of Liam’s voice soared through the rafters for one last time.

He sang at many weddings and funerals throughout Tralee and the county and his accompanist was Ann Hanbidge (O’Brien).

During the halcyon days of the Tops of the Town in the 1970s, Liam was a star performer with St Brendan’s Park. He was a gifted serious actor and took part in many of Tralee Group Theatre’s productions.

When Fr Pat Ahern established Siamsa Tire back in 1968, Liam, along with Sean Ahern, the late Seanie O’Mahony and Patricia Hanafin (Nolan) became troubodors.

Fr Ahern spoke of how weekly ceili sessions in Liam’s home in St Brendan’s Park directly led to the founding of Siamsa Tire and how Liam was such a vital cog in the wheel.

Liam’s favourite memories of his travels to three continents with Siamsa were performing for Pope John Paul 11 in St Peter’s and on Broadway.

Liam’s sons, Noel, Pearse, Liam Jnr and Eamonn and his grandchildren followed him onto the stage at Siamsa. Noel and Pearse are both gifted singers and have inherited their dad’s talent.

Liam Heaslip may be gone but his voice and his rich legacy will live forever. He was a kind, gentle soul who will never be forgotten by the people of Tralee. Coladh Samh a Liam.

Liam Heaslip was very much a family man who enjoyed nothing better than the company of his beloved Noreen, to whom he was happily married for 64 years, his children and grandchildren.

He was a relative of former Irish Rugby International Jamie Heaslip and was very proud of Jamie’s performances and feats with the Irish and Leinster rugby teams.

From early on Sunday evening, the crowds gathered at McElligott’s Funeral Home to wish a fond farewell to Liam.

Liam Heaslip was buried following 12 noon Mass in St John’s Church on Monday. The Chief concelebrant was his old friend Fr Pat Ahern while other concelebrants included Fr Tadgh Fitzgerald PP St John’s, Fr Sean Hanafin, PP Ballybunion, Fr Dan Ahern and Fr Niall Geaney, CC Our Lady and St Brendan’s.

To Noreen, Noel, Pearse, Liam and Eamonn, Kathleen, Thecla and Joan, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his brothers Sean, Brendan and Dick, sisters Josephine and Patricia, grandchildren, great grandchildren relatives and many friends we express our heartfelt sympathies.

Average three-bed semi in Kerry rose by 0.5% between June and September

The price of the average three-bed semi in Kerry rose by 0.5% to €217,500 between June and September, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.

Prices in the country rose by 4.8% in the last 12 months, the survey found.

“The lack of supply is driving up prices. No new homes are being built. There is a lot of interest from first time buyers, and a lot of demand for higher priced properties from people trading up,” said Eddie Barrett of REA North’s in Tralee.

Prices in Tralee rose 1.3% this quarter to €160,000.

“The market appears to have levelled off for now. Summer was quiet, due to the weather,” said Donal Culloty of REA Coyne & Culloty in Killarney.

The average price of a three-bed semi in Killarney is stable this quarter at €275,000 and the average waiting time to sell has dropped from eight to six weeks.

The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the second-hand property market in towns and cities countrywide to the close of last week.

The average semi-detached house nationally now costs €234,824, the Q3 REA Average House Price Survey has found – a rise of 1% on the Q2 2018 figure of €232,441.

Overall, the average house price across the country rose by 5.8% over the past 12 months – a decrease on the 8% recorded to June and indicating that the market is continuing to steady after an 11.3% overall rise in 2017.

The price of a three-bed semi-detached house in Dublin has increased by just 2.7% in the last 12 months as the Central Bank’s borrowing rules increasingly define affordability in the housing market.

The rate of increase in second-hand three-bed semi-detached home prices in Dublin city’s postcode zones was just 0.1% over the last three months, compared to 4.1% for the same quarter last year.

After rising by 12.5% in 2017, the average price of a second-hand semi-detached house in the capital has increased by just €5,300 so far this year and now stands at €443,333.

Growth in the commuter counties also slowed to 0.9% in the last three months, with the average house now selling for €248,528 – a rise of €2,000 on the second three months of the year.

The country’s major cities outside Dublin recorded a combined Q3 rise of 0.8%, with an average three-bed semi costing €249,375.

The highest increases were seen in the rest of the country’s towns, which experienced a 2.1% rise in Q3 to an average of €156,383 – up €3,000 in 12 weeks.

“These are areas where many buyers can still escape with a 10% deposit, it is still largely not economic to build new homes, and the dwindling supply existing stock at lower rates is disappearing,” said REA spokesperson Barry McDonald.

Exciting Chapter in Legion/Dr Crokes rivalry awaiting the ink

 

A place in the semi final of the county final and a chance to earn local bragging rights are up for grabs for both Killarney sides this afternoon with both coming into this clash with plenty reasons to feel positive.

For the champions who are seeking a third title on the trot, this game must have felt a long way off when Kerins O’Rahilly’s turned in that devastating final quarter in which Crokes seemed to be devoid of energy and well below their own high standards. It is fair to say that have been far from vintage in this year’s championship to date, leaving it late to get past St. Kieran’s followed up by a somewhat surprise defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys before reverting back to type in their dismissal of An Ghaeltacht in the last round with a comfortable win.

Still like all good champions, they have arrived at the business end of the championship just three wins away from another title.

Meanwhile the green and white side of the town have gone about their business in a somewhat less dramatic fashion as a number of their county stars (former and current) have found some good form. While tough wins over the likes of Mid Kerry and Rathmore hardly jump off the sports pages as big headlines, Legion have learned a lot from two very difficult tests. A win away in Rathmore showed a new maturity and they followed it up with a more convincing win than the 4 points suggest over Mid Kerry. It has some Legion supporters quietly believing that this could well be the year.

Still for both sides, facing your nearest rival could well be a hurdle in itself and both managements will be looking for their teams to dispel all the historical talk and treat this as any other game.

There is no doubt both sides contain the fire power for a shoot out and while games in this year’s championship have been very open with forwards clocking up big scores, this is the time of the championship in which managers will certainly look to curtail the free flowing forward.

Displays like those of Tony Brosnan’s who in the last round shot the lights out with a personal total of 1-14 of which 1-10 was from play will become less likely (hopefully not). So it is probably time for both Legion and Crokes to present their case for the defence as it is surely in the engine rooms of the full back and centre backline that this afternoon’s game will turn.

In a time when players look more at the information and stats provided from previous games, it can be in the finer details of the battle plan that managers will look to advance their advantages and it is very likely that this afternoon’s heroes will be those who have done their homework.

It is unlikely that Joseph Rudyard Kipling ever watched a GAA match but his famous words could offer advice for those entering this heated local cauldron today.

“If you can keep your head when all about you, are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too.”

Poetry aside both sides are ready to write their own chapter in this towns famous rivalry.

 

 

Results to Date

 

Dr Crokes 3-28  An Ghaeltacht 2-15

Dr Crokes 2-17   Kerins O’Rahillys 3-18

Dr Crokes 1-18   St Kieran’s 2-13

 

 

Legion 2-13 Mid Kerry 2-9

Legion 2-14 Rathmore 2-12

 

 

Titles

1

Legion                  

1946

12

Dr Crokes           

1901, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1991, 2000, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017

Kerry TD calls for Fair Budget

 

Deputy John Brassil is calling on the Government to ensure that they deliver a fair budget. He made his call at an event  – A Fair Budget 2019?  which was A Conversation with Older People, was facilitated by Active Retirement Ireland, Age Action and ALONE.  Among the issues raised by attendees were;

§  The need for urgent action on pensions and benefits

§  The increasing number of older people experiencing housing difficulties and homelessness,

§  Chronic shortfalls in health coverage for older people and homecare

§  Loneliness

The discussion with the TDs was a lively affair as older people engaged face to face with policy makers.  At a time of year when interest groups and lobbyists are preparing pre-budget submissions, these older people decided to come together and make their case directly to the politicians. 

 

The goal of the event is to give politicians a real insight into the lives of older people living in Ireland.  There are many reports written and policy documents submitted on the issues faced by older people, but this event personalised the issues to make policy makers aware of the real struggles and views of people who will be directly impacted by Budget 2019. 

 

Grainne Kenny, attended the event:

“I appreciate the opportunity given to us older citizens to talk directly to politicians about issues which concern our welfare. Too often older people are disregarded and our voices are blown in the wind. We want to live independently for as long as possible. We have and do contribute to the State and are not a burden. Therefore, a fair budget is a key enabler in making that happen.”

Thank you to ALONE, Age Action and Active Retirement Ireland for making this happen,”

 

Maureen Kavanagh, CEO, Active Retirement Ireland:

“When people think of the Budget and older people they automatically think of the State Pension, and it’s vital that this safety net for older people is increased and strengthened in the face of a rising cost of living. As important as pensions and benefits are, there’s more to life and to growing older in Ireland. Loneliness is a serious risk factor for older people and we want to see the Government act decisively to tackle this.”

 

 

Age Action, Interim CEO Anna McCabe:

Home support services in Ireland continue to be piecemeal and under resourced right across the country. There is huge variation in access to primary care and social services for older people in Ireland. This can have a devastating effect on older people and their families, many of whom struggle to pay for their medication and associated medical costs. We hope to see Sláintecare adequately resourced in the forthcoming Budget to expand affordable GP and primary services to all.”

 

 

ALONE CEO, Sean Moynihan. 

“Budget 2019 is an opportunity to take meaningful steps towards remedying the housing challenges faced by older people,” said ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan. “ALONE are meeting more and more older people who are struggling to maintain their homes. 25% of older people have difficulties with housing maintenance and nearly 21% have housing facility problems. Housing issues are the second most common problem faced by older people who come to ALONE. We believe it is vitally important that the funding for the Housing Aid for Older People Scheme increases to €84.5 million per year to match the growing numbers of older people in Ireland.”

 

 

 

Key Statistics on Issues Raised

 

Pensions and welfare policy

§  The State Pension (Contributory) is set at a maximum of €243.30 per week for pensioners with a yearly average of 48 or more PRSI contributions

§  Pensioners who live alone receive an increase of €9

§  Cuts to social welfare payments between 2009 and 2014 amounted to the equivalent of €15 per week

§  An estimated 65,000 older people are at risk of poverty and 85,000 people aged 65 and over are experiencing deprivation. Fewer than one in five in the lowest income group have a pension from their job, while 94.2% of the highest earners have such a pension.

§  The State Pension (Contributory) is deemed an adequate income to live on for urban dwellers by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice. It is considered inadequate for pensioners living in rural Ireland.

Housing and Homelessness

  • 25% people over 55 (283,633 people) are experiencing problems with housing maintenance, and 20% (234,848) have housing facility problems.
  • In 2016, 3,425 housing adaptation grants for older people were issued totalling €12.6m. This is an average grant of €3,600 per applicant. If each person experiencing housing facility problems received the average grant for 2016, this would be a total spend of €845.5m.
  • A 2016 survey showed that half of older people in long-term care units wished to and could have remained at home if appropriate supports were in place.
  • 29% of older people would consider moving to adapted housing if it was available.
  • The contributory pension is €1,032 per month and average rent is €1,304. At the moment, an older person relying on their contributory pension can’t afford to rent a home. In 2016, there were 15,883 people over 60 in the private rental sector.
  • In 2017, there were 6,663 people over 60 on the Local Authority Housing Waiting list.

 

Health and homecare

§  The number of people over 65 in Ireland increases by 20,000 each year while the numbers of those over 85 will double in the next 20 years

§  According to the OECD 1 in 10 people over 65 years need home care supports (Home Help Hours and Home Care Packages). Demand currently outstrips supply, with approximately 6.5 per cent of over 65s currently home help in Ireland

§  There is no statutory entitlement to Home Care supports in Ireland, yet there a statutory nursing home scheme (The Fair Deal)

§  By 2030 demand is projected to rise by at least 38 per cent for Home Help Hours and between 44 – 66 per cent  for Home Care Packages

§  31 per cent of over 65s have five or more prescriptions, rising to 37 per cent of over 75s. Prescription charges per item for medical card holders places hardship on those with least means

 

Loneliness

§  Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation – and it can have a serious effect on health.

§  People can become socially isolated for a variety of reasons, such as getting older or weaker, no longer being the hub of their family, leaving the workplace, the deaths of spouses and friends, or through disability or illness.

§  Loneliness is a higher risk factor for certain cancers and for dementia than smoking ten cigarettes per day.

§  Public transport and opportunities for social interactions are key in the fight against loneliness.

§  Incidence of depression, malnutrition and alcoholism are significantly higher in lonely older adults.

 

 

New CCTV for Tralee Stadium

The Irish Greyhound Board has announced a new CCTV upgrade worth €286,000 throughout its nine sites nationwide for up to five years – including in the Kingdom Stadium in Tralee. The announcement is in line with the IGB’s Strategic Plan 2018-22, which is committed to upgrading various greyhound stadia infrastructure and providing improved facilities, in line with customer expectations. Stanley Security Ireland Ltd., of Ballymount in Dublin, has won the tender for a five year period. CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, Gerard Dollard, said: “This upgrade will continue to ensure that visitors to IGB tracks enjoy their experience in the most secure environment possible. This announcement follows the continued implementation of the IGB’s five year strategic plan, which will provide upgrades in several key areas.” Bord na gCon, the Irish Greyhound Board, was established by the Greyhound Industry Act 1958.   IGB is a commercial semi-state body charged with responsibility for the control, regulation and development of the Irish Greyhound Industry. The recently published Strategic Plan 2018-2022 proposes a capital development programme totalling €12 million.

Referendum Commission urges people of Kerry to register to vote

People must register before October 9th to vote in the referendum on blasphemy and the presidential election

 

The Referendum Commission, as part of a nationwide campaign has urged the people of Kerry to ensure they are registered to vote in the referendum on blasphemy which is due to take place on Friday October 26th, the same date as the presidential election.

 

With little over a week to go before the October 9th register to vote deadline, the Referendum Commission is running radio, online and social media advertising urging people to check immediately to ensure they can vote.  While the Commission’s remit covers the referendum only, being on the electoral register allows you to vote in both the referendum and the presidential election.

 

Chairperson of the Referendum Commission, Isobel Kennedy said, “If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote in the forthcoming referendum, or whether or not you are registered at the correct address, you can find out very simply by checking the electoral register at www.checktheregister.ie. You can also check the register in local authority offices, post offices, Garda stations and public libraries.”

 

If you are not registered, you can make sure you are added to a supplement to the register by completing a form which you can download from www.checktheregister.ie, or obtain from your local authority, Garda station, post office or public library.  Then you bring the completed form to your local Garda station to have your identity certified, and ensure it gets to your local authority before October 9th.