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Demand for Pieta services grow as lockdowns continue

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INCREASED DEMAND: Martin O’Sullivan, Centre Manager and Lead Therapist with Pieta in Tralee, says calls for help have increased as the lockdowns go on.

By Michelle Crean

 

As the country continues to get to grips with COVID, one Kerry charity has seen an exponential increase in its services – however, they too had to pivot their traditional face-to-face crisis service.

The first lockdown saw Pieta – which offers a one-to-one therapeutic service to people who are in suicidal distress, those who engage in self-harm, and those bereaved by suicide – shift its client base to phone and video consultations overnight – the second lockdown brought an even bigger increase for help – but this tie around – lockdown three that has had the worst impact on peoples’ mental health.

This week, Editor Michelle Crean spoke to Martin O’Sullivan, Centre Manager and Lead Therapist with Pieta based in Tralee about how it’s impacting their services.

“Last March, pretty much overnight, straight away every client had to switch to phone and video therapy,” Martin explained.

“80 percent of the work is phone and video consultations at the moment. There’s a massive jump in the over 18s but also people in their 40s who are seeking help.”

While phone and video is an option for clients, Martin said that the seven therapists at the centre in Tralee are available for in-person counselling face to face in a Covid-safe environment and that those who have an appointment can travel past their 5k if necessary.

“Kerry has always been a busy centre but it has increased: during the first lockdown it was up 20 percent on last year. The second lockdown demand for services was higher, and this third lockdown it’s higher again. It’s the first time in history so many things have shut down. At first it was a novelty being at home, the sun was shining and people had jobs to do. As it goes on all of a sudden people are finding themselves at home with the kids all day, people who were out of work in the beginning may still be out of work, kids are missing their friends and people are stuck in a bubble and miss connecting with theirs. Then there’s the people who have the anxiety of catching COVID; there is a huge fear there especially the new second strand.”

He added that Pieta is there to help, people just have to reach out and seek it.

There’s a 24 hour helpline which can be accessed by calling 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444.

All services are provided free of charge and no referral is needed.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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