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Better facilities needed for teens

Cllr Niall O’Callaghan

CHILDREN in Killarney are being left behind and forgotten because of a lack of recreational facilities in the town and there are no outdoor facilities for them to use to pass the time, a local councillor has said.

Cllr Niall O’Callaghan has urged Kerry County Council to actively examine its landbank to find a suitable location for an outdoor basketball court or, if preferable, to talk to the National Parks and Wildlife Service to determine if a suitable space could be found within the boundaries of the national park.

Cllr O’Callaghan said basketball courts in some housing estates have been neglected so badly that they are no longer of any use and, as a result, teenagers have nothing to do.

Facilities in estates like Ardshanavooley and Pinewood have gone to “rack and ruin” and it might be a case that residents don’t want basketball courts near their homes, he suggested.

Cllr O’Callaghan said teenagers and children are being asked to pay up to €7 or €8 to go into a hall to play basketball and, as a result, many are being left behind.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae suggested that the former Pretty Polly site could be utilised to provide facilities for younger people to engage in sporting activity and she asked council officials to explore that possibility.

The council said it is prepared to engage with any club or group who might wish to explore the potential of developing outdoor recreation facilities in the town.

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