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Fundraiser for Firies man seriously injured in workplace accident

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By Sean Moriarty

 

GAA clubs in Firies and London are fundraising to help former team mate and club member who had his leg amputated above the knee just two weeks ago.

Seamus O’Brien from Firies suffered a life-changing accident in February 2018, however due to multiple operations and complications with his condition, on Tuesday, November 5he had to undergo the life altering operation.

 

However, the self-employed builder is now unable to work with the situation putting his family, his wife Ruth and four children, under financial strain.

Seamus, who is waiting for a prosthetic leg to be fitted – with the costs of fitting three prosthetic legs within the next two years exceeding €200k - has a long recovery ahead of him.

 

Seamus played all his underage and senior football with Firies before emigrating to London where he played with the Kingdom Kerry Gaels between 1991 and 2000.

 

He and Ruth returned to Ireland in 2000, first to her hometown of Navan and then to Kerry in 2008 where they set up a construction business.

He passed on his love for the GAA to his children who are currently playing underage with Milltown/Listry and Seamus helped train the Keel/Listry U14s.

 

The two clubs have set a GoFundMe page to help the family offset some of the costs they will face over the coming years. Plans are in place to run a golf classic early next year.

 

“The fundraising committee in London contacted me and asked if we could help in anyway,” Firies Club Chairman James O’Sullivan said. “We will be calling on our club members and our diaspora to support this very worthy cause. As a club we are very aware of the nature of his injures and we will help in any way we can. To see a young man knocked down like that, and with a very young family, all of Firies GAA will help in any way we can.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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