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Healthcare company to create 280 new jobs in Tralee

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Irish healthcare firm RelateCare has announced this morning (Friday) that it's to create 280 jobs in a new facility in Tralee.

The healthcare communications consultancy and outsourcing organisation which provides patient access and patient engagement solutions to leading healthcare organisations around the world will be based at the Munster Technological University (MTU) campus.

The news was warmly welcomed by Kerry County Council and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

Work is already underway on recruiting a further 250 staff with 30 already in place with the offer of hybrid, a mix of onsite and remote working. They will provide administrative support and clinical advice through a variety of technologically-advanced platforms to healthcare companies across the globe, covering access to care activities and post discharge management.

"We’re delighted to expand our Irish operations during a very exciting time of growth and customer expansion for the company," RelateCare Group CEO, Conor O’Byrne said.

"The global pandemic has changed the way that organisations communicate with patients and increased the need for virtual engagement. In a time of unprecedented demand for healthcare services we are incredibly proud to create these new opportunities as part of our ongoing growth and increasingly pivotal role in supporting so many healthcare organisations, at home in Ireland and abroad.  Throughout the pandemic, we have gained important experience in providing our employees with working models that span geographies and allow ‘flexible work from home’ solutions. To ensure we continue to be an employer of choice in Ireland, we plan to operate these models at our second Irish physical location at the Innovation Centre on the Munster Technological University campus in Tralee with a mixture of both onsite and remote working. Our footprint will continue to expand in the region over the coming years.”

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“The announcement today by RelateCare is a vote of confidence in Kerry, and demonstrates that the county has an environment and infrastructure that is attractive to companies looking to invest, and also attractive to their employees,” Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, said.

“The work carried out by the various agencies, both at local and national level, has encouraged companies to look at growing in Kerry, and along with indigenous businesses operating globally from Kerry headquarters, shows that Kerry is an ideal place to live, work and visit.”

Chief Executive of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Colette O’Connor, also welcomed the news.

“On behalf of the Chamber I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome RelateCare to Tralee and we are very much looking forward to supporting them as they get off the ground.

"I was particularly delighted to see the provision for Irish speakers with the intent to recruit some roles from within the Corca Dhuibne area of West Kerry, the Irish language is often overlooked, so on this occasion it’s another positive."

Former CEO of Tralee Chamber Ken Tobin and his HQ Kerry business partner Tom O’Leary were instrumental in bringing this company into Tralee.

"Amidst strong competition from other locations including Kilkenny, it was the drive of local business people and the facilities at MTU, particularly around nursing and hospitality where customer service is key and that helped to confirm Tralee as the prime location for setup.

"With rising housing costs and a new appreciation for rural living following the pandemic, Tralee is a unique offering for companies looking to set up, you only have to look at Kerry Group celebrating their 50th anniversary last Friday to see what can be achieved here in Kerry. This is a fantastic show of confidence in Tralee as a location for investment and innovation and we look forward to further announcements in the not too distant future.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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