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Designer who diversified up for a national award

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By Michelle Crean

A local business who had no option but to diversify her business to meet the customer's new demands is seeking public votes in a national business competition.

​​​​​​​deBúrca Designs and Alterations is in the Micro Business Section of the National Irish Business Design Challenge 2020 and voting ends on November 15.

Before COVID-19, owner Deirdre Burke from Beaufort, met people on a regular basis for fittings for items to be altered or made, however the pandemic has meant a change to all of that.

"These items would be for events such as weddings, communions, confirmations, and christenings etc. I would be showing my bespoke designs in fashion shows and photoshoots," Deirdre told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Due to COVID-19 all these events were either cancelled or postponed. As a result of this the business suffered a huge loss. I adapted my business and used my skills to develop alternative products and services, enabling me to continue trading and building relationships with customers."

Family and friends asked Deirdre to make one hundred percent cotton non-medical face coverings.

"I started making them in fun and stylish colours and prints, ranging from smart plain black to Disney princesses and superheroes. Demand has grown in line with the growing awareness of the benefits of face coverings and their mandatory use in shops. I have continued to expand the range and I’m currently developing seasonal face coverings with Hallowe'en and Christmas themes. As well as providing them for the general public, I have also provided them to other business customers who had specific design and colour requirements to fit in with their brand guidelines."

She has also further diversified her business by making dog bandanas which have proven to be very popular with dog lovers.

"I will be producing handmade advent calendars leading up to December."

To vote go click here.

If you are interested in any of Deirdre’s products please contact her on 086 3457499. You can also follow and contact her on her Instagram: @deburcadesigns, or her Facebook page: deBúrca Designs and Alterations.

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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