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Cllr Michael Gleeson: roof proposal
Cllr Michael Gleeson: roof proposal

WITH a long-mooted proposal to erect a tent-like roof over some of Killarney’s streets placed on the long-finger, there is now a suggestion for a roof to be erected over the children’s playground at Knockreer.

Killarney consultant engineer Paudie O’Mahoney initially devised a clever way to counter persistent rainfall by covering footpaths and large sections of the street with a heavy-duty, tent-like canvas.

A working document was prepared to erect the artificial roof over Main Street to allow people to shop in the rain and to hold more outdoor cultural events.

The matter has been debated for almost a decade without action but it is likely to return to the agenda as Cllr Michael Gleeson, a long-time fan of the proposal to cover the streets, now wants the council to turn its attention to sheltering the playground.

He is asking Killarney Municipal Area Council officials to examine the feasibility of providing an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally appropriate permanent roof to ensure the children can play in safety.

“Such a development would ensure its usability, irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions,” he said.

The council initially estimated that it would cost approximately €50,000 to provide giant inverted umbrellas on the streets but the cost for the playground is likely to be considerably less.

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