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Killarney woman who contracted COVID appeals for unvaccinated to get the jab

By Michelle Crean

A Killarney woman who this week ended up in hospital battling COVID is appealing for people to get vaccinated.

Lotte Lyne from Rathanane, Kilcummin, says although she had her vaccines, she still ended up catching the virus – but fears the outcome could have been much worse if she hadn’t her jabs.

On Saturday November 27, Lotte came down with a fever, was feeling very nauseous, and lost her sense of smell and felt very unwell which lasted about five to six days.

Then, she told the Killarney Advertiser that all those symptoms stopped, but her breathing was affected and she then developed a chesty cough.

“I ended up in A&E Friday with oxygen levels affected and difficulties in breathing,” Lotte said.

“They put me on two antibiotics and sent me home again. But over the weekend, I was struggling to keep up my oxygen levels and had difficulty breathing. We had to call an ambulance on Saturday. The paramedics where great and felt my vitals were all stable so I got the option to stay at home as I could well end up waiting in the ambulance for many hours if I went to A&E. I chose to stay home, but I got worse again from there and spoke to my doctor Monday and she felt I should be in hospital. I was still reluctant to go as I did not want to put the health services under more pressure.”

However, by Tuesday she had declined further, and her doctor told her to call an ambulance, even though Storm Barra was raging across the county.

“I had to come over during the storm,” she explained. “Paramedics gave me oxygen straight away on the way over and it immediately improved my oxygen levels, but in A&E if oxygen was removed it dropped again. My blood was also off so they needed to rule out a clot in my lungs with a CT scan. Thanks be to God it was clear. They put me back on oxygen and admitted me to a COVID ward. I have a bit of an infection in the lungs but not bad at all, so treating that with antibiotics. My oxygen levels are stable all day without the oxygen, but my breathing is still under pressure.”

Lotte suffers from asthma and that, she says, is what caused the breathing symptoms due to COVID, and she’s been put on two weeks of steroids for that.

“I could have been so much worse if I was not vaccinated, I truly believe that I would have ended up in ICU and who knows if I would have survived. That is why, even though I got COVID and I got quite sick, I am so grateful I got the vaccine as I know it prevented a far worse outcome,” she said.

“My message to the unvaccinated, maybe they are standing on the sideline still, maybe they don’t trust the vaccine, or they don’t feel they need it, what I want to say to them is that they need to be logical, use their critical thinking and follow the documented science. Don’t just listen to everyone and everything on social media, be critical, follow through to the source and use common sense. Look at my story and please, please just go get the vaccine as soon as possible, it is the only smart thing to do. Don’t wait till you get COVID and then realise you were wrong because it will be way to late then.”

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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