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€19k donated to St Francis Special School

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CHEQUE THIS OUT: A cheque for €19,000 was presented to SFSS Autism Parent Support Group from the Autism Golf Classic 2019 held in Beaufort Golf Club. From left: Breeda Cronin, Sonny Looney, Mossie Walsh, Tim Buckley (Parknasilla Bar Manager), Brigitta Looney and Madeleine Murphy.

 

By Michelle Crean

Storm Hanna had little effect on one local fundraiser in April – as €19k was raised for a local charity!

The Autism Golf Classic, held at Beaufort Golf Club on April 26, raised the staggering amount with the cheque handed over to SFSS Autism Parent Support Group in St Francis Special School.

“This year’s golf classic was phenomenal, raising little over €19,000. Even Storm Hannah didn't take effect,” Brigitta Looney, one of the organisers said.

“Over 44 teams went out on the day. We are ever so grateful to all our golfers. Only for them we wouldn't have a classic. Thanks to all our sponsors we had 39 greens, 31 tees, over 31 fabulous prizes for our live raffle that took place that evening.

First prize in the golf classic went to Beaufort Golf Club, second John Cogan, Cork, and

third Donie Broderick, Kilcummin. The top prize in the live raffle for two nights in the Parknasilla Resort and Spa went to John Donovan, Tureencahill, Gneeveguilla.

“All funds raised go to SFSS Autism Parent Support group, to help children in St Francis Special School gain private therapies such as speech and language therapy, music therapy resources etc. Each year we’re able to add children to our group, it's great to see our group growing each year and watch the children thrive. Us parents and our children from SFSS Autism Parent Support Group would like to give huge thanks to all our sponsors and businesses that supported us, and have continually supported us annually. To our ticket sellers and those who supported the raffle, thank you. Without your continuous help and support this would not happen so thank you all kindly.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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