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Expectant mothers should be allowed husband/partner by their side

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Labour Party Councillor Marie Moloney is calling on the Minster for Health and all maternity hospitals to allow expectant mothers be accompanied by their husband/partner when attending appointments and even more importantly when going into hospital for delivery.

Under the rules presently, all pregnant women must attend all appointments, scans etc., on their own and when they go into hospital for delivery the other parent must wait in the car until the mother is ready to give birth.

“I have been speaking with a number of pregnant women who are very upset and distressed at the way the other parent of their baby is being treated and I fully understand why they are upset,” Cllr Moloney said.

“Attending appointments and scans on their own is a very stressful and yet exciting time for parents alike. If bad news is to be delivered, the expectant mother is on her own to receive this news and must then be the one to try to explain all to the other parent. Thankfully on most occasions the news is good and is a very exciting and happy time for both parents and seeing your baby on a scan is an amazing experience which unfortunately the father is now being denied.”

She added that “it simply does not make sense that six people can attend a meal together, visit a home together, sporting teams can play contact sport together and yet a father cannot be present to help and support during labour, or indeed following delivery, sometimes by section, to help out when help is essential, even though in most cases the mom and dad live together and sleep together”.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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