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Sunday 19 January 2020

It's good news at the double for Kanturk

Bill Browne

It has been a very good start to the new year for Kanturk, with good news on two fronts emerging for the town this week.

German discount retail giant Aldi has lodged a planning application for a store on the former Keating’s Bakery site on Percival Street, which has lain idle since the bakery closed its doors in 2006 with the loss of almost 100 jobs.

Cllr Bernard Moynihan (FF) said it was “more great news” for the town, coming on the back of the new fire station and granting of planning permission for the refurbishment of the local hospital.

“It is great to see a prime site in the heart of the town being redeveloped. Any development that will attract more people into the town has to be welcomed and will, I have no doubt, act as a catalyst to attract other new commercial interests into Kanturk.”

Meanwhile, there was more good news in relation to the proposed new national school after Cllr John Paul O’Shea (FG) confirmed that construction work is finally set to start on the long-awaited development this year.

He said he had received written confirmation from OPW minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran that the tendering process for the school will close early next month.

“It has been a long time coming but there is finally good news on the horizon for the school,” said Cllr O’Shea.

“It is my hope that we see construction works commence on site before the summer with the build phase expected to take 14-18 months to complete.”

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