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Fundraiser for South Kerry man after Haemorrhage in New York

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Fundraiser for South Kerry man after Haemorrhage in New York

By Sean Moriarty

An extended Killarney family is asking the community to rally behind their brother who faces a serious medical journey in New York.

Faha's Karina Quinlan previously worked as a chef for the Hotel Europe and Chapter 40 restaurant before setting up her own food hamper service called Joy Co Bia.

Her older brother James, originally from Waterville, is currently in a New York hospital after suffering a brain a major brain
Haemorrhage just before Christmas.

The Quinlan's cousins are: Olivia O'Connor a general nurse working in the Bons Tralee and living in Ballyhar, Sheila Daly, the former District Court Clerk who now works for the Department of Justice and lives in Muckross, and Kerry County Council engineer Desmond Fitzgerald.

James is responding well to medical treatment but faces a long and expensive road to full recovery.

A fundraiser, set up by the family over Christmas has already reached over €80,000 but much more is needed to help offset both the medical bills at Lenox Hill Acute Care Hospital in Manhattan and future rehabilitation expenses.

On Tuesday this week he underwent further brain surgery.

“He is conscious and responsive,” Karina told the Killarney Advertiser.

The family have been in touch with the Irish Consulate General in New York and are awaiting advice from Department of Foreign Affairs officials there.

While they have another brother, Gary, in New Jersey, current COVID-19 emergencies in the United States prevent him from visiting James.

“Covid cases in America reached one million this week,” added Karina. “Visitations have been stopped by the hospital.”

The GoFund Me account can be accessed via this link: https://gofund.me/2d8d612a

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch

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At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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