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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.

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

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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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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