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Cuts to disability grants affecting Killarney families

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By Sean Moriarty

A Woodlawn man, who is the father of a girl with severe disabilities in dire need of essential equipment, has raised huge concerns over cuts to the Housing Adaptation Grants.

Last month the Government announced that Kerry County Council is to receive €2.4 million in funding under the scheme.

The grant helps families of those with special needs including the elderly and those with disabilities.

Steve O’Mahony’s daughter Alexis (5) suffers from PDH deficiency and requires round-the-clock care.

However, ceiling track hoists - which will help the daily burden of lifting their growing daughter from her bed to the bath and aid with movement in the home - have been removed from the scheme.

He said last month’s announcement sounded great until the finer details were examined.

“The devil is in the detail,” Steve told the Killarney Advertiser.

He pointed out that he was not just speaking on behalf of his own family and their needs but was raising concerns for several Kerry families who could be affected by the new rules.

“Of course it all sounds rosy but some hidden details are missing,” he added.

“Essential ceiling track hoists have been removed as a qualifying item for mobility aids. Families like my own do not want these hoists out of choice, it is a basic necessity and everyday that this drags on is another day of physical stress through the constant moving, washing etc of someone with a disability. There also exists a daily danger of serious injury to both the patient and carers and support nurses which of course breaches multiple health and safety guidelines of which the HSE and their staff operate within themselves."

He said that in many situations "they are putting their own staff under unnecessary risk and breaching many health and safety standards because of this ongoing issue".

"My own wife currently attends a public physio on a weekly basis because of back issues which seems counter productive. The taxpayer is paying for her physio which would not have been needed if she had sufficient equipment for my daughter's needs!"

The issue was raised in the Dáil this week after Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, met the O’Mahony family in Tralee recently.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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