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219 COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Kerry



There’s been a further 41 deaths from COVID-19 since yesterday (Monday), and there’s now 219 diagnosed cases in Kerry – which is up 19.

This evening (Tuesday), the Health Protection Surveillance Centre revealed that there’s now 832 new cases in Ireland which includes tests results from both Ireland and Germany.

In total there’s now 11,479 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ireland, and 406 Irish deaths.

Of the 41 deaths:

  • 36 deaths located in the east, four in the west, one in the south of the country
  • the people included 16 females and 25 males
  • the median age of today’s reported deaths is 85
  • 31 people were reported as having underlying health conditions

As of 1pm today (Tuesday), the HPSC has been notified of the following cases;

  • An additional 548 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by Irish laboratories
  • An additional 284 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by a laboratory in Germany

As of midnight yesterday (Monday), 90,646 tests have been carried out.

Of these tests;

  • 62,952 have been completed in Irish laboratories
  • 27,694 completed in a laboratory in Germany

Over the past week, 20,468 tests were carried out in Irish laboratories and of these 4,233 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 21%.

“Having come through a challenging few weeks, we have significantly strengthened testing capacity and will continue to do so over the coming week, to put us in a very strong position to identify and suppress the virus,” Dr Cillian De Gascun, Chair of NPHET’s Expert Advisory Group said.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Sunday, (10,385 cases), reveals:

  • 54% are female and 45% are male, with 408 clusters involving 1,999 cases
  • the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
  • 1,903 cases (18%) have been hospitalised
  • Of those hospitalised, 275 cases have been admitted to ICU
  • 2,707 cases are associated with healthcare workers
  • Dublin has the highest number of cases at 5,438 (52% of all cases) followed by Cork with 780 cases (8%)

The National Public Health Emergency Team met today (Tuesday) to continue its ongoing review of Ireland’s response to COVID-19. Discussed at today’s meeting;

  • Residential care settings; In addition to existing protective measures and financial supports, HSE will put in place a coordinated national process to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 across nursing homes and other residential healthcare settings; as recommended by the ECDC.
  • Testing; HPSC to develop a strategy to conduct a seroprevalence study which will identify the proportion of the population who have ever had COVID-19, regardless of testing.

“We remain concerned about the prevalence of COVID-19 in nursing homes and residential care settings,” Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said.

“The National Public Health Emergency Team is monitoring developments in these facilities and continues to advance supports and actions where needed. From the beginning, we have been aware that vulnerable groups, including the elderly, are at greater risk from this virus. These groups will continue to be our priority.”

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said; “We are not seeing a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in our hospitals or our ICUs over the last number of days, and that is down to the efforts of every individual who has followed advice to stay apart and slow the spread of the virus. To everyone playing their part, the health service is grateful.”




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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]




By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.


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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]




Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.


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