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Club tribute following tragic death of local talented footballer

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club is this week in shock following the tragic death of one of the club’s best known and respected players.

Damien Lyne died in fall in the Whitebridge area of the town in the early hours of Saturday morning (April 10).

The Lyne family are steeped in Kerry GAA history. Damien’s brother Jonathan is a member of the current Kerry senior team and was a part of the team’s last All-Ireland victory in 2014.

Damien's grandfather Denny Lyne and grand-uncles Jackie and Michael Lyne also won All-Ireland SFC medals with the Kingdom. Denny captained Kerry in the 1947 All-Ireland final, the match famously played at the Gaelic Grounds in New York.

Damien was an accomplished footballer himself and was a member of the Legion side that won an U21 county title in 2012.

“Damien represented the club at every level, he played a pivotal role in our U21 county club championship victory in 2012,” said club PRO Elaine O’Donoghue.

“Damien will be sadly missed by his many friends and teammates throughout the club and beyond."

Club members were unable to accompany Damien on his final journey in accordance with current Government and HSE directives, and in the interest of public health a private funeral was held.

However, club members were asked to shine a light on their front windows at 9pm on Monday night as a mark of respect.

“Sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who united on Monday showing solidarity in challenging times for Damien’s final journey,” added Elaine.

A former student at St Brendan’s College and University College Cork, Damien represented The Sem at Munster Colleges level.

He is survived by his parents Geraldine and Denis, his brother Jonathan and sister Denise, girlfriend Tara, grandparents Arthur and Kit O'Keeffe, uncles, aunts, cousins and wide circle of friends.

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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