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Gene makes an emotional return to UHK

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DONATION: Denis Geaney and his ‘Team Geaney’ donated €27,465 to ICU in University Hospital Kerry this week. Funds were raised from charity cycle of the Ring of Kerry in July this year. Also pictured are: Gene Tangney, (centre) and his partner Máire O’Grady, daughter Fiadhna Tangney, and members of the Tangney family, Christina and Siobhan Tangney. Team Geaney members Derry Healy and Eileen O’Leary. Staff members of UHK include: Helena Behan, Theresa Winter, Siobhan O’Nuallain, Clodagh Stack, Dr Niamh Feely (Consultant Anaesthesiologist), Caitriona Hartnett (ICU), Ferghal Grimes (General Manager UHK) and Sarah O’Connell. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

By Michelle Crean

 

A trip back to University Hospital Kerry (UHK) proved very emotional for Killarney man Gene Tangney this week after contracting COVID-19 and spending four months in their care.

Gene was accompanied by Denis Geaney and his ‘Team Geaney’ to donate a generous €27,465 which was donated from the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle in July.

Team Geaney organised the cycle after being inspired by Gene's will and determination to get better following his horrific Coronavirus battle resulting in medical professionals at the hospital placing him in an induced coma and ventilator to assist in his breathing for three months.

The night before the cycle, Gene’s friends and family were greeted with the amazing news that Gene from the Black Valley, though frail, had finally been released from UHK. The surprise visit was very emotional to see his dad and family in the Black Valley on that Friday night.

Making the donation this week, Gene was met with staff and management of the ICU at the hospital, it was very emotional for all, the atmosphere was palpable.

Today Gene is in need of much rehabilitation and ongoing treatment and the recovery is slow. Gene also presented a framed picture for the ICU ward in grateful appreciation to the care and attention he received.

“We were absolutely delighted with the amount of money raised," charity organiser Denis Geaney said.

"The generosity of people never ceases to amaze me. Gene together with his partner Máire and close family went through hell and back, they are so loved and respected in Kerry. We felt this was a very positive and practical thing to do for Gene and the ICU department. Honestly, it was the most enjoyable charity cycle in all my 37 years of the event.”

Gene, together with all the Tangney family, especially his son Feidhlim and daughter Fiadhna, partner Máire O’Grady, his dad Dikey, sisters Siobhan, Susan, Irene, Mary Rose, brother Derry, nieces and nephews, Gary, Christina, Claire, Michelle and Sinead, are so grateful to the medical team and hospital staff in UHK.

The 100,000 friends and well-wishers who lit candles in solidarity with Gene on Easter Monday night at 9pm kept them all going throughout his long ordeal.

“I would like to pay tribute to Denis Geaney and his team for organising this wonderful and worthy event," Gene said at the emotional presentation.

"I would also take this opportunity to thank each and every member of staff at UHK and especially the team in the ICU, without them I would not be here today. To everyone who sent me messages of support and held a vigil for me during my darkest hour, thank you all. To my dad, my family and great friends, who have stood by me, thank you so much. Finally, to Máire my partner, thank you for your ongoing love and care, I’m forever in your gratitude.”

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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