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Have your say on Kilcummin’s future plan

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SURVEY: Members of the Kilcummin Looking Good committee are encouraging locals to take part in a survey to help develop their three to five year plan for the village.

By Michelle Crean

Over 3,000 locals in Kilcummin are being asked to have an input into the locality's future by completing a survey to future proof their community.

The Kilcummin Looking Good (KLG) committee have contracted the services of O’Leary and Associates to prepare a three to five year plan for the village focussing on developing their community.

Infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, broadband etc., the aesthetics of the community such as green areas and signage, and most importantly the facilities within the community will all be on the agenda.

"This is an excellent opportunity for residents of Kilcummin to have their say in the planning process as the development of the area will impact you the most," Sinéad Collins, PRO - KLG, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 and public meetings, we are asking people to take part in an online survey. A link to this survey will be available on our Facebook page: ‘Kilcummin Looking Good’ and is extremely user friendly."

However, she added that if locals are not able to avail of the survey via their social media site then contact Kilcummin Rural Development from 9am to 4pm on 064 6643357, Tony 087 6258641 or Sheila 087 7944679, and they will arrange for the survey to be posted to you.

"We will endeavour to send the survey to local organisations and community groups and we encourage as many people as possible to complete the survey as it is important that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the future development of our parish."

The deadline for its completion is next Wednesday, September 30.

This community plan is kindly being funded by NEWKD CLG under the Leader programme and is also being supported by Kerry County Council, she added.

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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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, Killarneytri.com.

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

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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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