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Glenflesk man whittles his way through lockdown




By Michelle Crean

What began as a hobby using fallen and storm damaged native trees during lockdown has turned into a successful business for one Glenflesk man.

Shane Dennehy is taking ‘working to live’ to a new level as his cottage business Anú Crafts takes shape throughout months of lockdowns, reopenings and COVID-19 restrictions.

Shane is constantly inspired by the wonderful nature that surrounds him and is giving the fallen trees a new lease of life. As a young boy, he spent a lot of his time with his late dad Seán in his beloved shed, watching him cutting timber and tackling the limitless list of chores and work of a full-time farmer and father. His mother Betty, also loved working with her hands, so it wasn’t long before their children developed this passion too.

Many years later, years spent crafting purely as a hobby, the birth of Shane’s beautiful goddaughter Michaela in 2013 led him to make a custom-made personalised doll's cradle for her playroom. When this was shared on social media by his sister Myra, numerous people fell in love with the cradles and contacted him to see if he could do the same for their little ones! Before he knew it, he was inundated with requests for other bespoke crafted pieces. Following this demand, he used the precious hoard of timber slices that his late younger brother Denis cut for him many years previously, and had seasoned in his shed waiting for this day to come. Little did he know then, but Denis was producing timber for Shane’s business years before he even knew it himself. During lockdown Shane has had time to develop this hobby into a business and created, Anú Crafts Killarney so the memory of his beloved father and brother can live on through the gorgeous wooden craft creations.


"My family are certainly my inspiration in setting up Anú Crafts - my late brother Denis, who cut timber slices for me 15 years ago before I ever even thought about starting a business, my late father for passing on his huge work ethic, my sister Myra for pushing me to set up Anú Crafts and the support of my loving mother and family," Shane this week told the Killarney Advertiser. "What I love most about my work is the delight I see in people's faces when they receive their personal woodcrafts. I love taking on custom-made personal commissions where people contact me looking for something very personal and touching to them or a loved one, but not really sure what to do. But after talking it through with them, I get a feeling of the person and their story. And the delight on their faces with the end product is worth more than anything afterwards."

For a full range of products please visit or contact Shane directly if you wish to create something unique.



Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake



On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website,


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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments



The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.


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