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Calls for adult respite centre in Killarney

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A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor raised the lack of Adult Respite Care in Kerry with the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly at a meeting in Killarney.

Parents and guardians of people with severe disabilities are generally happy with the Respite Service provided for patients up to the age of 18 in Kerry, Councillor Michael Cahill has claimed, but as adults they are poorly served.

“When a patient turns 18, and are regarded as an adult, the Respite Service available is totally inadequate. There is one Respite House, situated in Listowel, covering Kerry and West Limerick, capable of taking two to three people at a time. Obviously, it is difficult to get any appointment, not alone a couple of overnights respite, which are essential for both patient and guardian, to ensure everybody can recharge their batteries and be in a position to carry on,” said Cahill.

"Many parents and Guardians are at their wits end trying to cope 24/7 and need and deserve a proper Respite service.”

“I advised Minister Donnelly that, to provide a basic Adult Respite Service for Kerry, there would need to be four more such houses located around the county. The additional facilities should be provided in the Killorglin/Mid Kerry area, the Dingle/West Kerry area, the Killarney/East Kerry area and in Tralee,” added Councillor Cahill.

"I asked the Minister to arrange for the HSE to examine this proposal and I intend to pursue this matter with the Department and the Minister to ensure that we obtain the best possible outcome.”

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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