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COMPASSIONATE: Public Health Nurse Anne-Marie Byrne who works at St Anne's Health Centre will be on duty on Christmas Day. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

While most will be tucking into the turkey and ham on Christmas Day - many compassionate frontline workers will be on duty helping others.

Public Health Nurse Anne-Marie Byrne, who works at St Anne's Health Centre on St Margaret's Road, will be one of those dedicated to her patients.

Essential worker Anne-Marie, after discussing the options with her team, opted to remain working and will call to her patients.

The compassionate carer told the Killarney Advertiser this week that she doesn't mind and will put her Christmas plans on hold to help her patients.

"Christmas to us is like any other day," Anne-Marie, who lives in Glenbeigh, told the Killarney Advertiser.
"Patients still need the care and support of nurses. Sickness doesn't go away just because it's Christmas. I would like to think if it were me or my family who were sick that the services would be there."

And it's not the only sacrifice she has made this year as Anne-Marie, who is originally from Kinnity in Co Offaly has only been home once this year and was hoping to jump into the car after work onChristmas Day to see her family.

However, due to the latest increase in COVID numbers and restrictions she now cannot travel home.

"I'll miss my family, especially Santy with my nieces."

She added that the team at St Anne's Health Centre wish everyone a healthy and happy Christmas.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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