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Huge support for 28th annual coffee morning

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COFFEE MORNING: Geraldine McCarty pictured with organiser of the Friends of The Children of Chernobyl coffee morning Joan Buckley at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on Thursday. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

 

By Francis Foley

 

Over 130 people turned up to raise funds for the Friends of the Children of Chernobyl coffee morning on Thursday.

Held in the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, it was the 28th annual event and organisers are hoping it raised between €2000 and €2500 for the cause.

For 28 years the Friends of the Children of Chernobyl Killarney branch, have held their annual coffee morning to raise funds for the child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster which occurred in April 1986.

Yesterday morning’s gathering was organised by Joan Buckley, who has a long connection with the charity.

“I first got involved with the Chernobyl children’s cause when I decided to take some children from Belarus into my home in 1993 to give them a holiday, away from the conditions they were living in,” Joan told the Killarney Advertiser.

 

[caption id="attachment_30091" align="alignleft" width="1024"] COFFEE MORNING: Bernie and Michael O'Sullivan pictured at the Friends of The Children of Chernobyl coffee morning at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on Thursday. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy[/caption]

 

 

“And now one of those children, Natasha Meleshko, sends her children to come and stay with me, it’s quite wonderful really. The people of Killarney are very generous, even in the hardest of times for themselves,” said Joan.

The funds raised are used to improve the living conditions of the children in Belarus, this includes improvements to their schools, good clothing and anything else they need that will help them in their daily lives.

“We get them things which may seem completely normal to us but are real luxuries to them.”

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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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