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Killarney GP backs call for primary care Cabinet Minister

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Dr Gary Stack.

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KILLARNEY GP Dr Gary Stack has backed calls for a primary care Cabinet Minister. The second of three public meetings on health reform took place last night hosted by the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP). The meeting successfully brought the general public, patient organisations, TDs, and healthcare professionals together to discuss health reform and a proposed 10-year consensus on health.

A panel of expert speakers on health volunteered their time to put forward their opinions and suggestions for a reform of healthcare in Ireland.

Taking place in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork and chaired by Ms Susan Mitchell, Health Editor, Sunday Business Post, speakers included Dr Gary Stack, general practitioner, Killarney, and medical director of South Doc; Mr Kieran Ryan, chief executive of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP); and Dr Jennifer Carroll, consultant physician, Cork University Hospital.

All speakers agreed that change must be driven by GP-led primary care. A variety of speakers from the floor ensured a lively debate on the key issues with input from patients, healthcare professionals, TDs, and patient representative groups.

At the meeting, Dr Gary Stack called for a “Tallaght Strategy for Health” which would take the politics out of the national healthcare system and ensure a 10-year plan with consensus across healthcare providers. Such a consensus can only be achieved by involving all the political parties, representative bodies, patients and stakeholders, to create a plan for health that is independent of the electoral cycle and has a reasonable time frame to succeed. He backed the call for a Cabinet Minister for Primary Care which would be necessary to drive change.

The NAGP’s series of public meetings continue with a meeting in the Strand Hotel, Limerick at 7.30pm on Monday, April, 25. The general public, healthcare professionals, patient groups and stakeholders are urged to attend to put forward their opinions on health reform.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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