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Male walker airlifted to hospital following Carrauntoohil fall

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A male walker in his 40s was airlifted to University Hospital Kerry (UHK) yesterday (Sunday) after sustaining injuries in a fall near the top of the Devil’s Ladder.

A full callout was initiated and 24 Kerry Mountain Rescue Team members came to the walker's aid at 2.45pm on Carrauntoohil.

Members of the team treated the casualty at the scene before lowering him by stretcher down to Ard na Locha where he was subsequently evacuated to UHK by Coastguard helicopter R115. The rescue, the 16th incident in August alone, concluded at approximately 8pm.

The latest rescue follows a number of busy periods with nine callouts in June and eleven in July.

Of the August callouts to date there have been eleven injuries including five ankle/knee injuries, one broken leg, two broken ankles, one suffering from exhaustion, one dislocated shoulder and one broken hip/pelvis. There were also five incidents of lost parties.

ILL-EQUIPPED

"While a number of the incidents over the summer could be classified as accidents suffered by experienced hill goers, unfortunately the vast majority have involved parties who were unprepared and ill-equipped for their mountain activity," according to Colm Burke, PRO of Kerry Mountain Rescue Team.

"There have been numerous examples of people with inappropriate footwear suffering injuries from slips and falls, groups starting out too late and not taking account of weather conditions, and parties with no knowledge of the ground or area they are in subsequently getting lost."

A concerning trend observed in recent weeks has been the number of families with young children attempting to climb Carrauntoohil without the appropriate footwear, clothing or equipment.

"The rise in the number of incidents and the types of trends being observed is of particular concern to the team as the potential for more serious injuries or fatalities is greatly increased."

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He said that the volume of callouts is putting huge pressure on the team of volunteers who willingly sacrifice their own time to respond, often in difficult conditions and late in the evening.

The team would urge people to take more personal responsibility and ask themselves the following questions before venturing out into the mountains:

* Are they fit, competent and experienced?

* Are members of their group similarly fit, competent and experienced?

* Do they know the area and can they navigate effectively in all weather?

* Are they appropriately equipped? (Good boots, appropriate clothing for the mountain, raingear, spare clothing, food, water, map and compass and ability to use same, fully charged mobile phone, First Aid kit, bivvy bag/shelter etc.)

* Have they checked the weather forecast?

* Do they have a route plan and have they notified someone on the ground of their intended route, start time and expected return time?

"The team fully understand that accidents can happen to anyone on the hills at any time regardless of experience and competence, so if you or your party does get into difficulty do not hesitate to call 999 or 112 and ask for Mountain Rescue."

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Rock Road closed inbound Wednesday and Thursday

Rock Road closed inbound Wednesday and Thursday this week Motorists can expect delays in the Rock Road area of Killarney on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The inbound lane from […]

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Rock Road closed inbound Wednesday and Thursday this week

Motorists can expect delays in the Rock Road area of Killarney on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

The inbound lane from Rock Road’s junction with St Joseph’s and St Margaret’s Road is closed to the junction with New Road.

The road is closed to facilitate ESB works on Rock Road and O’Kelly’s Villas.

Diversion routes are clearly signposted.

Outbound traffic is unaffected but care is advised while driving through the works.

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New Fexco partnership to create 75 jobs

Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025. The Fexco Managed Services […]

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Kerry based financial technology and business services company Fexco and digital services company, TEKenable have announced a strategic partnership to help create 75 new jobs by 2025.

The Fexco Managed Services and TEKenable partnership will see both organisations co-invest in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Products and Salesforce Cloud Solutions and Services aimed at improving their collective customers end-to-end experience across both Irish and UK markets.

This partnership combines TEKenable’s experience in providing Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultancy, development, and support services to their customers, with Fexco’s experience of premium operational delivery, customer management and process optimisation experts. This partnership will also see the creation of 75 new jobs by 2025, with roles created within Digital Customer Experience, Predictive Customer Behaviour Analysis, and Automation & Operational Efficiency services.

“This partnership will help us build on our collective strengths, and deliver the perfect blend of premium operational expertise, support, and resources to maximise the potential of Microsoft Dynamics 365 in improving our customers’ digital end to end experience,” Martin Ryan, Managing Director of Fexco Managed Services and Advisory Services, said.

“This will see us and TEKenable collaborate across multiple sectors and reinforce our position as trusted advisors who deliver transformative services for our clients.”

TEKenable was founded in 2002 by Nick Connors and Peter Rose is an innovative technology company focused on delivering digital services through Low Code platforms to medium and large-scale enterprises in Ireland, UK and EMEA.

Nick Connors, Managing Director with TEKenable added that “this partnership will see us work with Fexco Managed Services to bring solutions, products and services offerings that will fundamentally change the end-to-end experience of both our customers, and their customers”.

“We predict that we will see growth from a combination of existing and new clients over the coming three years.”

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