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Changing of the guard at Killarney Rotary

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APPLAUSE rang out in Gaby’s Restaurant on High Street on Wednesday for outgoing Killarney Rotary Club president Angela O’Connor who completed a highly successful year at the helm of the club. Rotarians welcomed Angela's successor, Eduard Schmidt-Zorner as he accepted the chain of office.

The year’s calendar of events includes the hugely popular Evening of Wine & Art, the Rotary Youth Leadership programme, the annual Afternoon Tea at The Malton fundraiser and the Young Musician of the Year competition and concert.

Originally from Dortmund in Germany and based in Milltown for the past 25 years, Eduard describes himself as “an adopted Kerry man”. “My main objective for the club this year is to have fun and to seek out opportunities for service - to increase recognition of our club both in the Rotary community, national and international and in our community at large, to identify new charities, to keep close contact with responsible people in Killarney, with the cultural scene and to visit our neighbouring clubs,” said the new president.

Eduard, who is an artist and writer, joined Killarney Rotary after retiring from Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd, Killarney. “My way into Rotary would not have materialised without the support and advice from Killarney Rotarian Barry Murphy. Years before I joined Rotary we were in contact and when he asked me one day whether I was interested to join the Killarney club. I was still working and had no free time to attend the lunch meetings but when I retired I took up his offer and I am very grateful to Barry because it opened a new aspect of life for me and I found an outstanding group of nice, inspiring, dedicated and committed women and men and I enjoyed every meeting and event and I look very much forward to the time ahead.”

Eduard added: “When I look back into the history of our club, I am the first president of foreign origin, though I am an Irish citizen now and proud of it, and I am the oldest to go into the chair,” he said.

“We are part of this community and we are respected and we are proud to help so many organisations in our area and all this combined with high level events which thousands of people in our community are marking in their diaries every year.”
 


 
Above: Eduard Schmidt-Zorner accepts the chain of office from outgoing president Angela O'Connor.

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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