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Killarney still welcomes street performers, councillors said
Killarney still welcomes street performers, councillors said
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Over-loud buskers could be banned from streets of Killarney

The tourist town’s council will consider barring loud street performers, after they were described as a “nuisance” for residents.
Jul 1st 2012, 8:15 AM 3,620 20

OVERLY LOUD BUSKERS could be barred from the picturesque streets of Killarney, after the council said it will examine measures against them.

Street performers using amplifiers have been the subject of complaints from residents in the tourist hotspot, who say the volume sometimes causes problems as buskers compete for attention.

“That happened once or twice last year, where they were kind of competing with each other,” said Killarney mayor Sean O’Grady. “In that case it would kind of become more a nuisance than an attraction.”

Councillors have agreed to assess the volume on Killarney’s streets this tourist season, and meet in the autumn to decide whether action needs taking.

O’Grady told TheJournal.ie that a new byelaw could be introduced if necessary.

They’re looking at the question of limiting the volume. We’ll all have our own experiences from this season, and then the end of September we’ll probably be looking at it now, for next year. It’s all informal at the moment.

However, council members stressed that they were not against street performers in the town.

“Street performers not at all, they add a great atmosphere,” said independent councillor Donal Grady. He added: “Right now all we’re doing is monitoring the sound. If they’re too loud they’ll be asked to turn it down. If they won’t, then we’ll pass a bye-law.”

Grady said the town would continue to host public charity and fundraising events, which might use amplification. And he said that Killarney remained a welcoming place for street performers.

Many a good person started busking, it can be beautiful to listen to them. We welcome everyone into this town. So if you want to sing and you can hold a note, come on down.

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