Released: 04 May 2007
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O’Donoghue TD officially opened the €34m Killorglin Town Centre Project on Friday.
The project, a partnership between Kerry County Council and Laune Properties, has seen the creation of a number of buildings, including an Area Services Centre, which contains Kerry County Council’s Area Offices, Library and tourist office, as well as a playground to the rear.
Other buildings on the complex contain commercial retail space, and apartments, while the provision of 230 underground car parking spaces is of huge benefit to Killorglin town. The large plaza at the front of the complex has already become a gathering spot for the community, and can be utilised for community events.
In addition, renowned artist, Pauline Bewick has kindly donated over 240 paintings from her ‘Seven Ages’ collection. These paintings, valued at over €1.3m will be on permanent display in the Area Services Centre, adding greatly to the public enjoyment of the Centre.
“The Town Centre Project ties in with the strategic objectives of Kerry County Council, as set out in our Corporate Plan,” Acting County Manager, Tom Curran explained.
“We are committed to improving the delivery of services to our customers and having the Area Services Centre in the heart of Killorglin town allows the public to have greater access to the services we provide.”
“The provision of the plaza and playground, not to mention Pauline Bewick’s wonderful gift, also meets our objectives relating to social inclusion, as well as responding to community needs.
Dr Brian McCarthy, Chairman of Laune Properties, welcomed the project as another positive step in the development of Killorglin.
“Its location in the heart of the county, as well as its importance as a strategic route within Kerry, gives Killorglin a vital role in this county.
“By coming together with Kerry County Council, we at Laune Properties are committed to improving on that role. People living in the town will benefit greatly from the project, while those passing through Killorglin will see it as a positive sign for the future of the town.