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COVID vaccine is “a relief” says Killarney paramedic

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RELIEF; Nurse Sadie Evans gives the COVID-19 vaccine to Advance Paramedic Ken O'Sullivan from Killarney at University Hospital Kerry on Tuesday. Photo: Don MacMonagle

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By Michelle Crean

Advanced Paramedic and Killarney man Ken O'Sullivan was one of the first frontline staff in Kerry to receive the first dose of the new COVID vaccine in University Hospital Kerry on Tuesday.

Nurse Sadie Evans administered the vaccine which was a relief to Ken who is living in Woodlawn and originally from St Anne's Road.

Working 20 years as a paramedic - this has been the hardest year he has ever experienced, with each call out a potential risk of contracting COVID which he feared he could pass on to his wife Margaret and three young daughters.

"It's been a very long year in a way, but with the vaccines now it's something new," Ken, who said he felt no side effects afterwards, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"You feel like you're turning a corner. I had my mind made up that I was going to take it, especially when you see COVID damage and its effects afterwards. At the moment it looks like it's our only way out of this, but until you get the full vaccine you have to be careful."

Ken and a team of health care workers set up the first COVID testing centre in Kerry, which was later handed over to Public Health.

And, although their role is right on the frontline whether COVID related or not, he added that ambulance crew across the county have been very lucky throughout the pandemic.

"No member of the ambulance service in Kerry have tested positive for COVID thankfully."

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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