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Clarity sought on 14-day quarantines at Kerry Airport

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Clarity sought on 14-day quarantines at Kerry Airport

By Sean Moriarty

Airlines and passengers say that the Government's requirements to self-isolate once they arrive in the country are unworkable and are calling for more clarity on the issue

Ryanair is set to recommence flight operations at Kerry Airport on July 1, with its limited schedule for the first weeks of July gradually returning to a more-frequent service as the weeks go by.

Quarantine rules came into effect last Thursday, May 28, where people arriving in Ireland from any other country will, by law, have to fill in a form called the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form, saying where they can be contacted. They will also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Last week the EU issued guidelines to ensure that Europe’s citizens can return to flying within the European Union in the coming weeks in a manner that best protects their health and the health of airline crew. These guidelines now allow Europe’s tourism industry to restart in July and August. However, both Ireland and the UK have taken a different approach.

Ryanair welcomed the EU advice on face masks, which reflects its own, previously issued, health protocols as it returns to widespread flying on July 1 but the airline has called on the Irish and UK Government to drop the 14-day quarantine measures, which are now being scrapped in most other European countries in favour of face masks and social distancing.

“14-day quarantines are ineffective and unimplementable. Requiring international arrivals to quarantine only after they have used multiple public transport providers to get from the airport to their ultimate destination has no basis in science or medicine. We strongly urge Europe’s Governments, especially those in Ireland and the UK, to mandate to the wearing of face masks for airline, train and (London) underground passengers, as this is the best and most effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19 in public transport environments where social distancing is not possible,” said Ryanair’s Group CEO Michael O’Leary.

London-based Killarney woman Tara Cronin is a frequent visitor to her hometown. Most of her journeys are over the course of a long-weekend as Ryanair’s timetable from Luton and Stansted and her London-based work schedules can easily work together.

“I can't wait to get home for a few days once the flights are restored but what am I supposed to do? Isolate in Killarney for two weeks, and return to London and do the same, a long weekend would require a month off,” she said.

Tara based her comments on the fact that anyone in the Schengen (EU countries and Switzerland) free travel area will not have to quarantine for two weeks and not out of disrespect towards health and safety requirements.

“Europe’s citizens can travel safely on their summer holidays wearing face masks and observing temperature protocols, but 14-day quarantines have no scientific basis, are unimplementable and unnecessary in circumstances where airline, train and underground passengers wear face masks where social distancing isn’t possible,” added O’Leary.

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

They are administered by our in-house Dr. Micheal Flynn who has been attending our salon for the past 10 years. It is the double chin and neck area that is treated and is suitable for both men and women. If you haven’t heard of fat dissolving, it is a very popular and relatively new treatment that is used to target stubborn pockets of fat on the jaw line and chin area. The injection dissolves and eliminates fat cells in a safe and effective way, making it perfect for dealing with stubborn fat that simply won’t budge with exercise.

The main ingredient is a fat dissolving substance sodium deoxycholate, which is found naturally in the body. This is injected into the treatment area which over time will destroy the fat cells. These are then removed from the body by its own lymphatic system, a complex network that rids the body of unwanted toxins and waste.

It is important to understand that fat dissolving injections are not a weight loss treatment. The injections should only be used on people who are a healthy size or carrying a little extra weight. It’s most effective on the pockets of fat stored under the jawline, known as the double chin, a migration of fat cells from the cheeks to the jaw line.

The injections work at a slow pace. It can take serval weeks for full results, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. The results are permanent, once you don’t gain a massive amount of weight.

The next clinic is Monday August 22. To book an appointment or more information, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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Classic tractor drivers to embark on 400km drive to Killarney

By Sean Moriarty Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors. They are participating in the annual […]

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Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors.

They are participating in the annual Eastern Vintage Club’s Ring of Kerry Tractor Run which is raising funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over 50 vintage tractors, including the six Killarney examples, will leave Nobber in County Meath at lunchtime on Wednesday.

After an overnight stop in the midlands on Wednesday night and Newcastle West on Thursday night, the tractors are expected in Killarney town centre just after lunchtime on Friday.

The ‘spectacular show’, now a regular feature of the Killarney summer, will bring the town to a standstill for around one hour.

On Saturday morning the group will depart Tony Wharton’s farm in Fossa before a nine-hour drive around the Ring of Kerry.

The run will finish with a spectacular drive through the Gap of Dunloe.

“We hope to pass through town around 3.30pm on Friday,” said local organiser, Tom Wharton, who is one of the six Killarney-based drivers who will undertake the 400km journey from County Meath to Killarney. “It is always a spectacular show.”

On arrival in Killarney, tractors will be joined by a group of classic cars that will depart Nobber at 9am that morning.

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