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National Carers Week is a key event in the calendar year, a dedicated time to celebrate Ireland’s 500,000 family carers. The aim for this week is to raise awareness of family carers so their work is properly recognised, supported and empowered.

The importance of this week and what it represents is a great opportunity to highlight some of the information, advice and support Citizens Information can provide to carers.

Carer's payments are made to people who are looking after someone who needs full-time care and attention because of age, disability, or illness, including mental illness. They include, Carers Allowance (means-tested), Carers Benefit (PRSI based), Half-Rate Carers, Carer’s Support Grant and the Domiciliary Care Allowance. If you qualify for Carer's Allowance you may also be eligible to qualify for Free Household Benefits and a Free Travel Pass. If you qualify for Carers Benefit you may be eligible for a GP visit card.
If you don’t qualify for a weekly Carers Allowance or Benefit payment but are caring for someone full-time you may be eligible for the Carers Support Grant which is paid annually in June - €1,850.

Citizens Information can give you all the information you need and discuss if you meet the eligibility criteria set out by the department. They can also help you with the application process and give you some guidelines on what to include with your application to give you the best chance of a successful outcome.

If you feel that you have been wrongly refused a carer's payment, or you are unhappy about a decision of a Social Welfare Deciding Officer about your entitlements, Citizens Information may be able to support you to appeal this decision.

Citizens Information can also discuss how to maximise your income if;

You are already on a social welfare payment and caring
You are caring for more than one person
You are sharing the care responsibilities with another person
You wish to continue to work part-time
You wish to take carers leave

“As we reflect on the past year, one of the most striking aspects of it all has to be the commitment, dedication and resilience of our healthcare workers and carers," Frances Clifford, Kerry Citizens Information Manager, said.

"National Carers Week is the perfect time to come together and celebrate these individuals for their hard work and the unimaginable challenges they have faced during the pandemic. Our goal is to let every carer know that we are here to advise and support them, regardless of your query, call your local centre and we will guide you in the right direction.”

For anyone needing information, advice or who have an advocacy issue, they can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860, who will be happy to assist and make an appointment if necessary. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4 pm. Alternatively, you can email at tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information and contact details.

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Headford man’s 1948 Jaguar the star of car run

A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday. The O’Riada’s Bar […]

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A staggering 157 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles took part in the 12th annual Car and Honda 50 Run, organised by Ballymac Vintage Club on Sunday.

The O’Riada’s Bar and Restaurant-based event raised money for the nearby Glanageenty Walkways and followed a new for 2022 route via Ballymac, Raemore, Knocknagoshel, Brosna, and Mount Eagle before the finish line in the Mart Yard in Castleisland.

Gerard Healy from Knockysheehan, Headford, Killarney had the oldest cars on the run.

He has owned his 1948 Jaguar Mark 4 saloon for the last seven years.

“This car was manufactured in Coventry after World War Two,” he said. “And it was then shipped to Ireland in kit form to avoid high import duty on complete cars. It was reassembled in Dublin and painted emerald green. This is a Sligo car, the first owner was a Miss Teresa Ferry, it was very unusual for a lady to own a car in those days.”

The car was then sold to a vicar and then a soldier before, somehow, ending up in The Netherlands. There it underwent a full restoration in 1999.

Gerard bought the car from a restorer called Roberto Verboon.

“I was proud to bring the car back to Ireland,” he added.

Thanks to generous support from local businesses and sponsors including O’Riada’s and BG Motors over €500 worth of spot prizes were handed out on the day.

Listry’s Tony and Kay Darmody were prize winners after judges were impressed with their Hillman Minx Convertible.

George Carey from Tralee won the motorcycle award with his finely turned out 1986 Honda 90.

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White Tailed Sea Eagles released into Killarney National Park

By Sean Moriarty Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park. The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four White-tailed Eagle chicks have been released into the wild in Killarney National Park.

The National Park is one of three locations in Munster as well as Lough Derg and the lower Shannon Estuary where a total of 16 of the once extinct in Ireland birds have been released in recent days.

On Friday last, An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin was in Tarbert where a number of eagles were released into the wild as part of a project to re-establish a population of this iconic species in Ireland.

This was followed by a further release today (Tuesday) in Killarney National Park by the Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, TD, accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador, Mari Skåre.

Also in attendance were a group of visiting Norwegians who were responsible for the collection of the eagle nestlings in Norway earlier this year.

These white-tailed Eagle chicks arrived in Kerry Airport last month as part of a long-term wildlife reintroduction project.

The four eagle chicks brought to Killarney National Park have been held in special aviaries in a remote part of the Park where they have been carefully looked after by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

“It has been wonderful to watch the release of the magnificent White Tail Eagles collected in Norway. The friendship between the people of Norway and the people of Ireland runs deep. The eagles we see fly free and strong in their natural habitat here today are spreading their wings as a result of the voluntary work of so many,” said Ambassador Skåre.

“Biodiversity is essential for all life on Earth. Yet we are seeing an extremely rapid loss of species world-wide. Through joint efforts we can halt this decline.”

As in previous years, the young eagles were collected under licence in Norway by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and co-workers. All the birds were fitted with satellite tags in Ireland to enable their progress to be followed and their integration into the existing Irish breeding population monitored.

One of the first pairs of White-tailed Eagles to breed in Ireland was in Killarney National Park in 2013 and the pair have remained in the Park since, once again fledging a chick this year. Their nest is in a tree on an inaccessible cliff, but visitors may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the eagles soaring over the mountains or catching fish in one of the Park’s many lakes.

As they mature, these chicks will join and strengthen the small Irish breeding population that has become established since the reintroduction programme began in 2007. So far, 47 young eagles from Norway have been released over the last two years.

FLYING HIGH: One of the White-tailed Eagle chicks released into the wild in Killarney National Park on Tuesday.
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