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HeartBeat Killarney support meetings now online

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney has moved its support service online as a result of current COVID-19 restrictions. The group, set up to offer help and support to patients with coronary and related illnesses, usually met in person once a month.

At these meetings members could rely on advice from others who had gone through similar heart related medical issues and hear first-hand from fellow patients.

Occasionally, the group would invite a medical expert to speak to members and offer advice ahead of a major surgery or post-surgery during the recovery phase.

With crowd gathering rules in place to help suppress the spread of Coronavirus, the group has moved its support meetings online via the Zoom platform.

“I am aware of one person who was about to have major surgery but who had many concerns, we were able to organise a nurse to speak to them and support them ahead of their surgery,” HeartBeat Chair Billy O’Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is in situations like this that HeartBeat really scores.”

HeartBeat Killarney can be contacted on 086 1773 910.

The group's next online meeting will take place today (Monday) where Marie O’Sullivan from Slimming World will be talking about preparing, diet-wise, for Christmas and what treats are safe to have.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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