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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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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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