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High winds hamper rescue efforts after man falls 150ft on mountain

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High winds hampered a rescue at the weekend after a man fell approximately 150ft in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

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The callout at 2.10pm on Saturday, which involved 27 members of the team, was the sixth in the past fortnight for Kerry Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT), in what has been a busy start to the summer season.

Volunteers with KMRT were contacted by Aeromed after a man sustained multiple injuries having fallen approximately 150ft from the Cummeenpeasta Ridge (Black Valley side) in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

Coastguard helicopter R115 was also tasked to the incident but was unable to winch from the location due to high winds.

A number of team members already out on the Reeks at the time proceeded directly to the scene to treat the casualty. R115 airlifted 12 members of the team and rescue equipment to Lough Googh and a further 10 members made their way on foot from the Black Valley. The casualty was secured to a stretcher on scene and lowered over steep complex terrain to a point above Lough Googh from where an airlift was attempted but proved unsuccessful.

The casualty was then lowered further to a point just above the outlet to Lough Googh from where he was airlifted successfully at approximately 11pm and transferred to University Hospital Kerry (UHK).

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Documents for driving abroad in Europe

By John Healy of Healy Insurances As of August 2021, a green card (or international motor insurance card) is no longer required for travel in the European Economic Area. This […]

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By John Healy of Healy Insurances

As of August 2021, a green card (or international motor insurance card) is no longer required for travel in the European Economic Area.

This area includes all the European Union countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. You also don’t need a green card for Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Switzerland.

If you are travelling with your vehicle to the named counties you will still need to bring:

Your certificate of motor insurance
Your vehicle licencing certificate
Your driving licence
Your passport

If you are taking a company owned, hired or borrowed vehicle, you will need a letter of authorisation from the registered owner along with the vehicle licencing certificate.

It is important to check the legal requirements for the country you are driving in. Some EU countries including France will require you to carry the following items:

Reflective jackets for each occupant of the vehicle
Warning triangle
Headlamp beam deflectors
Breathalyser test
Spare bulb kit
First Aid Kit (compulsory in Austria, France and Germany)

It is advisable to have your travel insurance details, European breakdown cover details, health insurance details and your European Health Insurance card in your possession. Travel safe.

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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