Connect with us

News

Golf clubs could face closure after crisis

Published

on

B

By Sean Moriarty

Current COVID-19 imposed restrictions are having mixed effects on golf clubs all over the county.

Both Killorglin and Castleisland Golf Clubs face an uncertain future. Both have ceased trading with one member of the Killorglin club describing the current restrictions as the “final nail in the coffin”.

“The restrictions came after four weekends of storms where we had nobody out playing golf in February so we had no money coming in,” Killorglin member Mike Ashe told the Killarney Advertiser.

Efforts are going on in the background to save both clubs but the current crisis is not helping matters.

Killorglin Golf Club was founded in 1992, with an 18-hole, par 72 parkland course designed by Eddie Hackett, a renowned Irish golf architect. It is popular with locals and tourists both for the quality of the course and for the stunning views it offers of Dingle Bay and the MacGillicuddy’s Reeks.

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club remains optimistic that its season can get back on track and is reporting an increase in enquiries from former members of both the Killorglin and Castleisland clubs.

“Since Killorglin Golf Club and Castleisland Golf Club closed last month, we have had an increase in membership enquiries from golfers who now want to find a new club to play from,” Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marketing manager Meg Dalton told the Killarney Advertiser.

The Killarney Club will remain closed until May 5 at least.

“Like the majority of tourism and hospitality businesses here in Killarney we are expecting a loss of revenue from bookings for our 2020 golf season. However, we remain optimistic as many of our visitors are rescheduling their bookings with us either to later in 2020 or 2021," she added.

"We are also committed to maintaining the jobs of all our employees relying on the Government's financial aid scheme to assist us. Our main concern is for the well-being of our team and golf club members. As a golf club community, we are all one hundred percent onboard with the closure to minimise the health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

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 […]

Published

on

0205586_PASlogoTagline.jpg

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.

GUIDANCE

“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.

Continue Reading

News

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 […]

Published

on

0206194_E7YwbxXXoAE3kU6.jpg

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.

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending