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Barraduff man keeping essential services flowing during health crisis

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By Michelle Crean

Kerry’s water services remain flowing with Kerry County Council’s County Supervisor of Water Services, Freddie Bartlett, at the helm during the health crisis.

The Barraduff man joined Kerry County Council 46 years ago and has been County Supervisor for many years. Working in partnership with Irish Water, Freddie and his crews in KCC work to maintain water services 24-7, 365 days a year.
In these unprecedented times, Freddie and his team continue to maintain water services across the county, ensuring that water and wastewater are treated to the highest standards to protect public health and the environment. They also make sure that any unplanned pipe bursts are repaired as quickly as possible, so that water supply is returned and the impact on customers is kept to a minimum.
Freddie’s role is always busy: scheduling work and monitoring the countywide SCADA (network/plant information) systems.
“I can honestly say that I like my job; it is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week job,” Freddie said.
“You always have to be available at the other end of the phone. I work with great crews and conscientious caretakers and know that I can depend on them. We all take great pride in what we do.”

There are additional challenges during the current health crisis, he added.
Crews have to continue to work together to maintain essential services, but also adhere to social distancing guidelines. There has been a big change to work practices, but it is all going very well so far.”

Freddie says that both plant and network caretakers deserve huge credit for adapting to new ways of working during the current health crisis.

“Caretakers would normally call to customers’ properties to investigate issues such as water quality. To adapt to the COVID-19 restrictions, they are now engaging more with customers over the phone and taking samples from nearby publicly accessible areas, such as fire hydrants so that they can continue to provide an essential service without having to go into peoples’ homes.”
As there has been very little rain in recent weeks, water levels in rivers and lakes are equivalent to levels typically encountered in June. Irish Water and Kerry County Council are monitoring the situation closely at this time.
Freddie’s team has noticed an increase in sewer blockages, in particular at pumping stations on the wastewater network.

“We would appeal to the public not to flush unsuitable items, in particular wipes down the toilet, as they cause a lot of damage to the wastewater networks across the county. We are noticing an increase in call outs to unblock drains, particularly in towns and housing estates.”

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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