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Beekeeper course planned in Killarney

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BEEKEEPERS: Kerry Beekeepers Association officers Ian Flude, Pat O'Connor, Michael Culloty, Tim Regan (Chairman) and Hilde Rischbode launching their series of weekly lectures that will take place in Killarney. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

 

Aspiring beekeepers and beginners alike are being invited to participate in the upcoming Kerry Beekeepers’ Beginner’s Course 2020.

The programme, which takes place throughout February and March, will include an educational talk presented by a competent beekeeper followed by interactive discussion and a cup of tea/coffee.

The facilitator is Pat Curran, a South Kerry commercial beekeeper Sun Hill Honey, Tim Regan, Kerry Beekeepers’ Association Chair, explained.

“Pat is a most experienced practical beekeeper who will begin by introducing participants to the bee hive and the different bees that live within. He will also share his depth of knowledge, experiences and discuss beekeeper tasks for each month.”

The course begins on Thursday, February 20, and continues on Thursday, February 27, March 5, 12 and 19.

“Participants will be able to acquire hives of bees at the end of the series of talks if required,” he said.

“If you are interested please register and come along to our series of lectures from 7.30 – 9pm at the Teagasc Offices, Cleeney, Tralee Road, Killarney where you will get a warm welcome.”

Registration fee is €75, and includes the course, beginners book and membership of the Kerry Beekeepers’ Association which includes bee insurance for 2020.

The number of places is limited to 30 on a first come first served basis.

For registration details email the Kerry Beekeepers’ Association at kerrybeekeepers@gmail.com or contact Michael on 087 655 22 33 between 5 and 7pm.

 

 

 

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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