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Coronavirus: ‘Act now or lose entire tourist season’ says Councillor

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By Michelle Crean and Sean Moriarty

With one case of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) confirmed in Northern Ireland, a local councillor has warned the Government to take immediate action to prevent its spread - saying it could potentially have far-reaching effects on the tourist industry in the town.

Cllr Donal Grady has also warned that patients would need to be quarantined - and with the current overcrowding situation in Irish hospitals alternative accommodation would have to be sought.

He warned that Killarney could be used as a quarantine centre given the large number of hotels in the town and that many of them have yet to re-open for the upcoming tourist season.

“We need to do what we did in the year of the Foot and Mouth and stop all gatherings of people until this blows over,” he said. “Yes, we will all lose money in the short-term, but if we take action now, we can be open properly in a month’s time.”

Grady was also reacting to the news the Ireland and Italy Six Nations rugby match, scheduled for next weekend, has been postponed. So far, this is the only decisive action taken by a Government agency after the Department for Transport, Tourism and Sport officials met with Irish Rugby Union officials this week.

Public information is very unclear and while the Department of Health has issued guidelines there seems to no clear plan, and Grady questioned why other agencies were not taking the same level of action.

“I was with my pharmacist and he has not been advised by the HSE,” added the veteran councillor.

Members of the public are concerned about their own travel plans but when the Killarney Advertiser contacted a number of different Killarney-based travel agencies they declined to comment about the current situation.

A group of 35 from St Brendan’s College returned from a trip to Borneo in Italy near infected region Lombardi, on February 15.

School Principal Sean Coffey told the Killarney Advertiser that as soon as they became aware of the outbreak, they contacted the HSE who put them in touch with the Department of Public Health of specific notifiable diseases.

“The incubation period is between seven and 14 days – the last day is today. We were back the 15th and the first case was the 21st. The department advised us what to look for. All parents are aware of where their sons were, and we asked people to report any concerns.”

Local tourism bosses were also reluctant to comment on the situation when asked by the Killarney Advertiser, including members of the Kerry Branch of the Irish Hotel Federation.

However, the national press office for the IHF issued the following statement.

“We are putting in place measures for our members to mitigate the potential risks posed to public health. It is too early to determine the economic impact that the global outbreak will have on our sector.”

 

 

 

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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