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‘1000km of Chaos’ back following two sold out showings

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If you missed the premiere of '1000km of Chaos', then fear not, you have two more opportunities to see the film.

The story of Arctic Ultra marathon runner, Killarney man Kevin Leahy, and what it takes to prepare for and complete two 500km non-stop foot races in the Arctic, will once again be shown in Killarney Cinema, on April 28 and May 5.

Temperatures dip as low as -45°C with Kevin travelling on foot, dragging everything required behind him on a sled, day and night, through sleep deprivation, hunger, exhaustion and the constant imminent threat of frostbite and hypothermia. The races pose a very real threat to his health, his safety and sometimes his sanity. There is no prize money, no gold medal or worldwide acclaim.

Starting with record breaking runs across mountaintops in Kerry, followed up with a sub 24hr completion of The Kerry Way Ultra Marathon and culminating in 2 x 500km Arctic Ultra Races; The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra and The Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra, both races just three weeks apart.

Filmed over two years by Adrian McCarthy, against the challenging restrictions of the pandemic, this test of body, mind and spirit takes place in some of the most beautiful, remote and harsh conditions in Ireland, The Yukon and Swedish Lapland. Providing a deep insight into what it takes for an amateur Irish Ultra Runner to train, prepare for and complete the toughest challenge anyone could imagine.

"We were blown away by the support we received locally and are delighted to be able to show the film exclusively in Killarney again," Kevin told the Killarney Advertiser.

Adrian added that it has been an "amazing few years" filming everything Kevin has managed to achieve both in Kerry and The Arctic.

"It was a story I felt needed to be told, and was lucky that it all came together so well despite all the challenges."

Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.ie '1000km of Chaos'. To see the trailer visit www.1000kmofchaos.com.

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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