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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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Fossa’s marathon man competes in Vienna

By Sean Moriarty They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria. Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world. On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon […]

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By Sean Moriarty

They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria.

Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world.

On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon with Tony recording a personal-best time of 2hrs and 45mins. He finished second in the Over 45 category and 27th overall, while Tony completed the course in 3hrs and 3mins.

“You won’t see one of us without the other,” said Tony.

Niall Thompson of Killorglin was also competing in the event.

Tony is a member of the well-known Harty family of Waterford. His two brothers Phillip and William and sister Rebecca all raced for Ireland.

Tony took up running later than his siblings and contested his first marathon in 2015 when was 39-years-old.

Now 45 he cannot stop running and takes in at least two overseas marathons every year as well as Irish and local events.

“It is all part of the experience,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. Both he and Seamus have previously contested marathons in Barcelona, Valencia and Rotterdam and he intends to return to Spain in early December for another crack at the Valencia event.

He prepared for Sunday’s race by winning overall at the Churchtown 5-mile race in Cork last month and the Antrim Half-Marathon a few weeks ago.

“Vienna was very hot, up to 26 degrees, and lots of people were suffering,” he added. “Vienna was supposed to run in April but it got deferred. We prefer running in cooler conditions. Valencia will be around 10 degrees in December which is ideal.”

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Jordan’s new role with St Paul’s

By Sean Moriarty Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club. Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level. The High Jumper then switched […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club.

Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level.

The High Jumper then switched to track and field and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where he made history by becoming the first Kerry athlete to act as a flag bearer for an opening ceremony and lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.

Now back home and preparing for the next Olympics in Paris, he has returned to his first love and will join the backroom staff at the local Division One basketball club ahead of their National League campaign which begins next month.

His father Jarlath Lee is head coach with St Paul’s.

“Jordan is joining us as our strength and conditioning coach,” Jarlath told the Killarney Advertiser.

INTERNATIONALS

Meanwhile, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club National League team will have a distinctive feel to it this year after securing the services of three overseas players it for the season ahead.

The club’s biggest signing is Canadian professional Ben Miller. It was originally hoped that the former two-time Manitoba Player of the Year would play for the local side last season but the pandemic got in the way and the National League was never played. However, he did play two training games this time last year before returning to Canada until travel restrictions lifted.

“He is a good guy, very approachable and very good with the young members,” Jarlath said.

The club has also signed Bulgarian International Emilian Grudov.

The 20-year-old has already represented his home country at U16, 18 and 20 level.

“He is young, athletic and very good offensively,” added Lee.

The returning Lithuanian Dianius Varanaukus completes the club international line up for the 2020/21 season.

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