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Family of injured jockey thank medical and racecourse team for ‘superb work’

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YOUNG jockey Ana O'Brien sustained serious injuries after a fall at Killarney yesterday evening, but doctors believe she will make a full recovery in “three to four months”.

Ana was quickly attended to after her mount Druids Cross slipped up after two furlongs in the second race on the card, which was run at 6.20pm. The injured jockey was taken by the Irish Coastguard air ambulance to Cork University Hospital. Over 12 members of Killarney’s Order of Malta were at the scene and they along with the racecourse doctors, veterinary team, Val O’Connell, clerk of the course, racecourse team and air medical crew and staff at CUH came in for praise from Ana’s family.

The 21-year-old suffered a fractured C1 vertebra in her neck and T6 in her back. Turf Club chief medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick was one of the doctors who attended O'Brien, along with Killarney Order of Malta, and the HSE ambulance team. Dr McGoldrick told Press Association Sport: "Ana's brain scan is clear. She has a fractured C1 vertebra in her neck and T6 in her back. Both will have an MRI scan tomorrow to assess further. She has fractured cheekbones bilaterally."

Ana is the daughter of renowned trainer Aidan O’Brien and rode her first winner on board her father's Fairylike at Dundalk in February 2013.

Her family thanked the team who attended the injured jockey. Dr McGoldrick added: "Aidan and AnneMarie (O'Brien) would like to thank the superb work provided to Ana by the Order Of Malta, racecourse doctors, veterinary team and ground staff led by Val O'Connell (clerk of the course). Also the air medical crew and the amazing staff at CUH."

The three-year-old Druids Cross, trained by Ana’s brother Joseph O’Brien, was fatally injured in the incident.
 


 
Above: Jockey Ana O'Brien. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Coveted KY-1 plate goes to Hyundai for 2022

  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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