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Stroke awareness the topic of HeartBeat meeting tomorrow (Monday)

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WEBINAR: HeartBeat Killarney Kerry Cardiac Support Group President Billy O’Sullivan is inviting the public to a Zoom webinar tomorrow evening (Monday). Photo Michelle Crean  

 

HeartBeat Killarney are planning an online meeting next week to bring important information about the signs of stoke and ways to prevent it. Editor Michelle Crean caught up with one of the founding members, Billy O’Sullivan who is the current president of the group, to find out how the pandemic is affecting group meetings and the their future plans.

 

Tomorrow evening (Monday), HeartBeat will be hosting a live Zoom meeting with Kerry Neurologist Dr. Helena Moore at 8pm where she will talk about ways to avoid stroke, stroke treatment, and stroke after-care. She will also be on hand to answer questions and bring clarity to people.

Billy explained that it’s been almost a year since they’ve had face to face meetings, and while they’ve no choice but to move online he feels that they’re not reaching everyone.

“We used to have meetings one Monday a month with a speaker of interest in the good old days at the Serenity Centre next to the parish hall,” Billy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We still have our monthly newsletter to keep people in touch which we send out by post and online. We’ve moved our meetings to Zoom also but a lot of members are older and it can be a problem for them. We’ve split members about half online.”

He said that they’re anxious to get the word out about next week’s stroke meeting as “it’s quite special”.

“It’s the second time we’ve had Dr. Helena Moore speak in the group. She’s a really fantastic speaker about the signs, treatment and aftercare of stroke.”

He added that the meeting is also for people who haven’t had a stroke as the advice can be a huge benefit to them.
“If people have a stroke around them they should move fast. If they catch it in time it brings recovery length down to days and weeks rather than months. It’d be a good thing to tune into to find out all about it.”

HeartBeat is 16-years-old this year. It was set up by Billy and Dr Kay Karim Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator at University Hospital Kerry.

“I was after having a triple bypass and Dr Karim had started offering extended rehabilitation for people like me. It was for six weeks every Tuesday and she asked if anybody would be interested in setting up a community support group. About a year afterwards I had done a course, we went from there and it’s going since.”

Last February, on Valentine’s Day, HeartBeat set up a pop up health tent in town and it was hoped to move that into something more regular to offer advice and support to the public.

However, the quick onset of COVID meant that everything shut down. Their voluntary service then, like many others, moved online.

“We’re hoping to get back to that [pop ups]. It’ll probably be the end of 2021 or in 2022. We’d like the pop ups to move out into other towns with nurses – it would rejuvenate us. It’s a hope for the future – that’s what keeps us going.”

To gain access to Monday’s stroke meeting text 085 1773 910 or email heartbeatkillarneykerry@gmail.com beforehand for the codes.

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Picture This announce Killarney gigs

Following on from being the fastest act ever to sell out the Gleneagle INEC Arena, with tickets going in under five minutes, Picture This have announced their only Irish shows of 2021 with a three-night run at the Killarney venue on December 16 -18. These exclusive gigs coincide with the release of their brand-new album […]

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Following on from being the fastest act ever to sell out the Gleneagle INEC Arena, with tickets going in under five minutes, Picture This have announced their only Irish shows of 2021 with a three-night run at the Killarney venue on December 16 -18.

These exclusive gigs coincide with the release of their brand-new album ‘Life in Colour’ set to be released June 25 via Republic Records.

“We are so excited to be playing at the INEC Arena this December,” Picture This frontman, Ryan Hennessy said.

“It is a place that holds many fond memories for us from starting out in the Acoustic Club to selling out the arena in record time. We have missed the atmosphere and the people so much and can’t wait to be reunited!”

Representing music’s biggest global underdog story, Picture This have unassumingly captivated listeners in every corner of the world, amassing nearly 300 million total streams, selling out stadiums, and inspiring praise from Billboard, ThisSongIsSick, and many more.

Their new album ‘Life in Colour’ boasts hits such as ‘Things Are Different’, ‘LA House Party’ and ‘Unconditional’. Thus far, tracks from the record have already gathered over 25 million total streams and counting prior to its arrival.

Tickets from €49.90 plus booking fees for these exclusive shows go on sale this Friday at 9am www.inec.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie.

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Renowned chef to host men’s charity cookery demo

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To celebrate International Men’s Health Week, cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has organised a live cookery demonstration with renowned chef, Mark Doe.

It takes place on Tuesday next, June 15.

Open to all men dealing with cancer, the free Zoom cook-along event will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, where the famous Just Cooking cookery school founder will share some of his expertise with participants.

Mark has chosen a simple marinated chicken in pitta bread with wedges and coleslaw as his dish of choice for the evening, and will be taking participants through the steps to create their very own meal via this live cook-along event.

“We wanted to do something special to mark International Men’s Health Week and we are honoured that Mark has agreed to come on board to host this exciting event,” Recovery Haven manager Siobhan MacSweeney said.

“The free event is open to all men who are dealing with cancer, not just our own clients, so we are encouraging as many men as possible to sign up for what promises to be a great, fun evening.”

Anyone interested in taking part is required to register in advance by phoning Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122.

Once registered you will receive a Zoom link to join the cook-along on the evening as well as the list of ingredients you will need.

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Loss of Kerry to Dublin route a “severe blow” 

  Ths loss of the Stobart Air Kerry to Dublin routes – which was announced yesterday (Sunday) that it’s to cease trading with immediate effect – will have a serious impact on the county, in particular the tourism and hospitality industry. Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) is urgently requesting the Government act quickly on the collapse of the […]

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Ths loss of the Stobart Air Kerry to Dublin routes – which was announced yesterday (Sunday) that it’s to cease trading with immediate effect – will have a serious impact on the county, in particular the tourism and hospitality industry.

Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) is urgently requesting the Government act quickly on the collapse of the airline and appoint a replacement.

The tourism group said that the loss of the routes is “such a severe blow to an industry that has been the most impacted by COVID for over 15 months and will take years to recover”.
 
Passengers affected are advised not to travel to the airport and to check the Aer Lingus website for updated information.

The Department of Transport is currently examining the implications of the announcement while Kerry County Council said it has full confidence in the future of Kerry Airport and will work closely with airport management to ensure the quick restoration of this key route and the future development of further air traffic routes into the county.

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley said that she was “saddened to hear the announcement”.

“I have spoken directly on the issue with Kerry Airport and Minister Eamon Ryan and officials regarding the importance of the restoration of services, including the Dublin/Kerry route which is vital to the region. We are all committed to finding a pathway forward for the restoration of connectivity as a matter of urgency.”

The Government is acutely aware of the devastating impact that COVID-19 restrictions are having on the aviation sector.

By the end of June, the sector will have received approx. €300 million in State funding spanning employment supports, waiver of commercial rates and deferral of taxes. The bulk of the support to airlines is through the TWSS/EWSS wage subsidy schemes which were specifically designed to maintain the link between employers and employees. Liquidity support has also been made available by ISIF to large aviation enterprises.

This is in addition to PSO support of approximately €7 million per annum for the affected routes.

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Tourism in Kerry generates €661 million annually, employing some 14,000 people. COVID-19 has forced 82% out of the workforce into unemployment. Tourism supply and support businesses have also been severely affected with thousands of employees out of work and companies struggling to survive.

“Connectivity and transport is the lifeblood to rebuilding tourism,” Pat O’Leary, Chairman of KTIF said. “The tourism and aviation sector is critical to the economy and viability of life in Kerry, it impacts on every household. It was the first industry to feel the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the last to recover. The Government can save vital tourism and businesses connectivity by moving swiftly and confidently appointing a replacement to service these crucial routes. Our thoughts are with the employees at Stobart Air, our colleagues in Kerry Airport and the tourism and aviation industry who are all working so hard on recovery and reopening plans.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce said that Stobart operated the Kerry-Dublin service with great professionalism and customer care was always a priority, and that they wish them well as the face a very difficult time.

“Killarney Chamber won’t be found wanting in its commitment to support Kerry Airport and we have every confidence that John Mulhern and his team possess the ability, the knowledge and the determination to bring about the restoration of the service,” Niall Kelleher, President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said. 

“Going forward, Kerry Airport will be critical to reopening the Kerry economy and we must all work to build on any opportunities that arise to provide greater access into the county. Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is fully committed to help find a pathway forward for the restoration of connectivity.”

 

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