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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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Christmas magic begins as Santa arrives in Killarney

He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement. Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very […]

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He came dashing through the town on Saturday night and packed streets greeted him with huge excitement.

Yes, that’s right – Santa Claus took some time out of his very busy schedule and arrived to town for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights and magic parade.

The streets were lined with children and their families and they’d huge smiles on their faces when they spotted the man in the red coat making his way around the town on the colourful float.

Grace O’Hare was pictured with her dad Conor – she had the best seat in the town to watch Santa Claus as she was perched high on her dad’s shoulders.

It was the same for the Patterson family, Alex, Irene, Catherine and Robert, while Parade safety steward, Marie Brosnan-Leahy, was on hand to make sure everything went off OK.

Killarney Municipal District Councillors, Cllr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr John O’Donoghue, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Marie Moloney, also enjoyed the occasion while the Sam Maguire took pride of place and centre stage in Killarney for the annual fun filled event.

And while he was in town Santa took some time off to have a chat with Killarney Advertiser columnist Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan – check it out on page 14 of this week’s edition.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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