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Breeda’s generous act as she makes 50 blood donations

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DONATION: Breeda O'Donoghue from Rathmore, who has donated blood over 50 times, is calling on others to give the gift of blood.

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By Sean Moriarty

A Rathmore woman who has donated blood over 50 times is calling on more locals to donate.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Board is operating blood donation clinics in the Dromhall Hotel from Monday to Thursday next (September 28 to October 1).

 

Breeda O’Donoghue is preparing for her 51st donation having first donated blood over 30 years ago.

The mother of three donates every three months and is encouraging more to do the same.

“In my 30 years donating it has never once impacted on my life in a negative way,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “My three sons, the youngest 19, does it and it such an important thing to do.”

One of Breeda’s favourite parts of the whole process is knowing her healthy blood is going to help someone less fortunate.

“The Irish Blood Transfusion Board (IBTB) always ring you and tell you where your blood went to. My last donation went to someone in Wexford, but it could be a hospital too,” she added. “The main point I want to get across is people should be doing this, it does not impact their lives in anyway but it could save someone else.”

New changes introduced as a result of COVID-19 restrictions mean donors must pre-register, via www.giveblood.ie, for each clinic as walk-ins are no longer allowed. All other COVID-19 regulations like social distancing and mask wearing are observed during each clinic. Also, donations are not allowed while pregnant or one year after giving birth.

“Despite COVID-19, the IBTS have continued to provide safe blood for hospitals across the country," Maureen Gill-Emerson, IBTS Donor Services Manager, said.

"To do this, we need to rely on regular and new donors to attend the clinics. Our donors’ safety is a priority and we are so grateful for their support in helping us maintain the blood supply. Our appointment system will allow for social distancing and we’ve added further precautions to ensure their well-being. There is no substitute for blood. Each blood donation can save up to three lives and every donor that comes into a clinic is allowing hospital patients more time with their loved ones.”

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What to look out for when viewing second hand homes

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest. Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget. Viewing appointments can […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

After spending so long saving for a mortgage and filling in countless application forms, you are now ready to begin your house hunting in earnest.

Set yourself a budget and have a look to see what is available in your desired locations within that budget.
Viewing appointments can be arranged via a telephone call or a simple email to the selling agent. When making the appointment make it clear that the mortgage is in place and you are ‘ready to go’.

This week we will deal with viewing second hand homes and what to look out for on that first property viewing.

When you arrive at a house, you’ll get a general feel outside of how well it’s been maintained. Arrive early and study the exterior of the property before going in, and have a glance at neighbouring properties. This will help you to get your bearings before continuing with the viewing.

If viewing an older house, a musty smell is the first red flag for signs of damp. Also be wary of the smell of fresh paint; was this done to simply freshen the property up or what is it covering up? Is paintwork bubbling or flaking?

Take note of any wall cracking; hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are generally fine, but if you can spot a crack from the other side of the room, then it’s probably big enough to be concerned about.

In older houses, take a good look at windows and roofs. Window frames can slope downward if there are poor ground conditions underneath, and the roof of the house can sag in too.

Is there room to extend? If you are lucky enough that there is have a look for external manhole covers; it gives a good indication of the drainage and pipe layout which may complicate a future extension.

Don’t be afraid to ask the nosy questions; why is the house for sale? How long has it been on the market? How long have the current owners resided there? Has the house been rented out frequently? How many times has it changed hands in the last decade? Have there been any refurbishments? Has it been rewired/replumbed? Who are the neighbours? What is included in the selling price?

It is a good idea to take photos (with the agents consent) or videos as this will help you remember the property after you have returned home.

And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for more time. Spend as much time as you think you need to and don’t hesitate to request a second viewing.

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Bus to Belfast to stay on the road

A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until […]

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A Kerry TD has today (Monday) welcomed the news that the Bus to Belfast is to stay on the road.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae said assurances from the Department of Health that The Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NI PHS), which has been in effective operation since January 1 this year, will remain in place until a new a statutory scheme is put in place.

The Kerry deputy avails of this service for his constituents on a regular basis and said many were concerned that the scheme may come to an end due to Brexit.

“What this will mean to so many of my constituents is that they can continue to avail of this scheme for treatments for cataract removals by travelling from Kerry by bus to Belfast so that they can get treated in a timely manner and get back to living their lives in a healthy manner,” Deputy Healy-Rae said.

“I am delighted that the Government has seen the good sense to help continue this scheme and I’m delighted that the pressure of representation that I have brought to this scheme will see it continue.”

The Scheme was first introduced to mitigate the loss of access to care from private providers in Northern Ireland under the EU Cross Border Directive, which ceased to apply as a result of Brexit. However, the Government intends to place the administrative NI PHS on a statutory basis and an extensive examination of options to inform the drafting of a General Scheme is currently underway with confirmation that the administrative scheme will remain until such time that a statutory scheme is in place.

Patients also continue to have access to health services under the EU Cross Border Directive Scheme in all other remaining EU/EEA countries.

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