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Gene’s wonderful welcome home after battling COVID-19

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READY, SET, GO: Members of the Tangney family, Christine, Susan and Siobhan with Denis Geaney, organiser and 'Team Geaney' cyclists, support crews Sergeant Gearoid Keating, and Garda Donncha O’Brien, ready to set off on the Ring of Kerry Cycle fundraiser for Gene Tangney, in aid of University Hospital Kerry ICU unit. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

 

By Michelle Crean

Although frail and in need of more rehabilitation and ongoing treatment, Gene Tangney from the Black Valley was finally released on Friday evening last after four long months battling the horrific effects of COVID-19.

And it was an emotional day for him and his family to finally get him home after being placed in an induced coma and ventilator to assist in his breathing for three months.

However, although still frail from his battle, a determined Gene bravely took some time the following day to briefly meet cyclists who were returning from a fundraising charity cycle for the ICU department in UHK in his honour.

On Saturday morning, before they set off from the Gleneagle Hotel on the Ring of Kerry cycle, Denis Geaney and his ‘Team Geaney’ were thrilled when greeted with the amazing news from the Tangney family.

“Honestly this was the most enjoyable charity cycle in all my 37 years of the event," organiser Denis Geaney said.

"The HSE and Government restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic didn’t deter our team and amazing Tangney family of raising money and lifting peoples' spirits. For Gene this was so important, and receiving the wonderful news on Saturday morning, there were so many reasons to sing and dance our way around the Ring of Kerry. The kindness and hospitality shown by everyone, from the Red Fox Inn in Glenbeigh, The Market House in Cahersiveen, Brendan and Carmel Galvin from the Siopa Dubh in Castlecove, and Patrick O’Donoghue of the Gleneagle Hotel, was just incredible. The support crew, Jimmy O’Callaghan, Ned Buckley, Connie Hurley, Declan Tangney, O’Sullivan's Bike Shop, Chris Manton, the musicians Mike Cronin and Mike Doyle. We are so grateful to Sergeant Gearoid Keating and Garda Donncha O’Brien who kept us safe on the roads.”

 

[caption id="attachment_33180" align="alignleft" width="326"] Musicians Mike Cronin and Mike Doyle, Jimmy O’Callaghan, Batt O’Sullivan, Carmel Galvin (Proprietor) and Seanie O’Donoghue dancing at An Siopa Dubh Castlecove. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan[/caption]

The cycling singers attracted much attention in Coomakista, set dancing with bikes, notably Batt O’Sullivan and Derry Healy. The sing-song continued to the Siopa Dubh in Castlecove with Carmel Galvin giving a rendition of the 'Rose of Tralee' and dancing with Seanie ‘The Gentleman Farmer’ O’Donoghue. There was more singing and dancing in Sneem, before the last stop at Moll’s Gap, followed by a heroe's welcome home at the INEC, Killarney.

Gene, together with all the Tangney family, especially his son Feidhlim and daughter Fiadhna, his 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 and the 100,000 friends and well-wishers who lit candles in solidarity with Gene on Easter Monday night at 9pm. It kept them all going throughout his long ordeal.

So far, the fundraising effort has raised close to €20,000 and is still rising for University Hospital Kerry's (UHK) ICU department. To donate to the GoFundMe: Gene Tangney cycle for UHK I.C.U. The page will stay open until the end of August.

[caption id="attachment_33179" align="alignleft" width="1024"] The Tangney Michael (Dyke) Tangney (centre), Fiadhna, Feidhlim, Irene, Susan and Siobhan, Joanna, Claire, Sinead, Michelle, Gareth, at the INEC, Killarney, ready to welcome home the Team Geaney cyclists. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_33177" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Team Geaney and support crews, arriving to the INEC, Killarney after completing the Ring of Kerry Cycle Fundraiser for Gene Tangney, in aid of University Hospital Kerry. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan[/caption]

 

 

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Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining

By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.

Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.

“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.

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Student grants and renting

Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]

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It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.

The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.

PUP

If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.

Maximum Student Grant

There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.

Student Assistance Fund

Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.

Renting for the First Time

Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.

Deposits

The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.

Rents

There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ)  is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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