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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.

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"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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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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