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95-year-old is first Kerry community hospital resident to receive vaccine

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HAPPY: John Cremin, a 95-year-old father and grandfather and resident at Killarney Community Hospital, was happy to be the first community hospital resident to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Kerry from nurse Alan Horgan yesterday morning (Thursday). Photo: Don MacMonagle. Photo: Don MacMonagle

 

By Michelle Crean

A 95-year-old father and grandfather resident at Killarney Community Hospital was the very first community hospital resident to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Kerry yesterday (Thursday).

John Cremin, who has been a resident at Killarney Community Hospital since 2013, said that he was "very glad" to get it, and is looking forward to a time when he can have visitors again.

“We haven’t been able to have visitors for a while now," he said. "I’m not a bit worried about getting the vaccine, it’s good that it’s here.”

A team of staff at the facility were on hand to administer the first doses yesterday, which will continue again today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) to approximately 200 staff and more than 90 residents.

[caption id="attachment_35459" align="alignleft" width="375"] VACCINE: Director of Nursing Máire Flynn was the first staff member at Killarney Community Hospital to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by nurse Elaine Moran yesterday morning (Thursday). Also included are the vaccination team members from left: Chandra Baialso, Celine Kavanagh, Elaine Sheehan, Teresa Kerins and Alan Horgan. Photo: Don MacMonagle[/caption]

Director of Nursing Máire Flynn was the first staff member at Killarney Community Hospital to be vaccinated.

“I am delighted that we are receiving the vaccine, and so happy for our residents and our staff. We are so grateful to everyone who has made this happen, and so happy to be a part of this. Our residents are very excited, and are thrilled to be getting something that gives us all new hope for 2021. The important thing about these vaccinations is that they will help us to keep our residents safe.”

Elaine Sheehan is assistant director of nursing at Killarney Community Hospital, and part of the team of vaccinators who delivered the first vaccines. She said she’s delighted to be part of the team rolling out the vaccine and keeping residents safe.

“We’ve a busy few days ahead but it’ll all be worth it. It is just great to be at this point where we can begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel. People realised that we can’t continue to live like this. For staff, this is not just about ourselves, this is about protecting our residents.”

Everyone vaccinated was given a HSE vaccine information leaflet, along with more detailed manufacturer’s patient information leaflet, before getting the vaccine. Afterwards, each person vaccinated was given a vaccine record card, showing the name and batch of the vaccine they have received. They will each receive a second dose, to be fully protected, in three weeks.

This marks the beginning of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare’s vaccination campaign in residential facilities.

Throughout next week, the HSE says it expects to have teams travelling to more than 30 public and private facilities, 11 in Kerry and 22 in Cork and expects to vaccinate more than 3,500 staff and residents next week alone, and this programme will accelerate in the following weeks.

The HSE said that it aims to have made both doses of the vaccination available to all the staff and residents of such facilities by the end of February.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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