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All elective surgery cancelled at University Hospital Kerry due to flu outbreak

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All elective surgery cancelled at University Hospital Kerry due to flu outbreak

A statement issued this morning by the hospital said: "Regretfully, due to the high numbers of patients presenting to University Hospital Kerry with influenza over the last week, we have had to take the decision to cancel all elective surgery for this week. The hospital will review this decision again on Thursday with regard to next week’s elective surgery (All patients cancelled will be facilitated with a new appointment as soon as possible)."

'The hospital has worked tirelessly with our colleagues in the community over the holidays to ensure all hospital and community beds were utilized but the surge in influenza presentations to the Emergency Department now mean that exceptional measures have had to be taken in the interests of patient and staff safety.

'Hospital management are appealing to both adults and children who are experiencing any signs or symptoms of influenza to contact their local health provider (GP/ Southdoc) in the first instance, prior to attending the Emergency Department.

"The Hospital has also introduced strict visiting restrictions to try to prevent the spread of flu within the hospital and again we ask that the public assist us in this matter."

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Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

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Over 30 members, past and present, gathered last Tuesday in The Dromhall Hotel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Killarney Toastmasters club.

Several founder members were present including Frank O’Sullivan and Bernadette Noonan, who are still current members of the club.
Members embrace the core values of Toastmasters International which are “respect, integrity, service and excellence”.
This year Killarney Toastmasters welcomed eight new members of various nationalities, who have brought many talents with them to this international club.
Outgoing president Anthony Walsh said: “I am heartened by the progress of new members and, following the success of the current year, I am looking forward to a bright future for the club.”
Anthony passed the chain of office on to incoming President Ann Hannan, who is very excited about leading the club in the year that Toastmasters International celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

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Listowel Bypass has fully opened to traffic

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The new N69 Listowel Bypass has fully opened to traffic for the first time this afternoon.

The road development consists of the realignment of a section of the N69 and is approximately 6km in length.

The €61m scheme includes approximately 4km of a new single carriageway and approximately 2.5km of online improvements to the existing R533 (John B Keane Road) with enhanced pedestrian and cycle facilities. The project includes three roundabouts and associated realignment of local roads. There was also a considerable body of offline work and associated works carried out.

Completed by contractors, Wills Brothers, who commenced construction in February 2022, the new bypass will be officially opened in due course.

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