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GoFundMe set up for Firies man who died in Australia

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SAD PASSING: Crohane O’Grady passed away in Australia last week. His family have praised the efforts of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in getting him home to Kerry.

 

By Sean Moriarty

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The family of well-known Firies man Crohane O’Grady who passed away suddenly in Australia last Saturday have praised the efforts of Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in getting the remains of their late father back home.

 

Crohane died while on an extended visit to his daughter Bernie who runs a farm near Cohuna, about three hours north of Melbourne.

 

His final wish was to be buried alongside his parents in Abbeyisland Cemetery near Caherdaniel.

 

In recent years the 63-year-old spent three months every year in Australia so he could be with his grandchildren, but this year he became ill. He was hospitalised in Australia late last month and was diagnosed with leukaemia and unfortunately succumbed to the illness.

 

The family have set up a fundraising page online to help get Crohan home, GoFundMe: ‘Bring Crohane home’, with the excess money going back to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, a charity which helps repatriate bodies of loved ones from all over the world.

 

“He went there every year, he loved the sunshine and spending Christmas with his grandchildren,” his daughter Theresa told the Killarney Advertiser. “This year he went a few months early as he stood for his granddaughter’s confirmation and was preparing to return home around the time he got ill.”

 

Crohane’s remains are due in Dublin Airport around 7pm tomorrow (Saturday) ahead of a wake in Firies on Sunday evening.

 

His is survived by his children Theresa, Bernie and Brendan, former wife Phil and partner Christine Barket.

 

 

 

 

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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