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“Infection and fatality rates begins to fall in France” – says Killarney woman

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LOCKDOWN IN FRANCE: Killarney woman Edith Lucey is currently in lockdown in the South of France.

 

By Michelle Crean

One Killarney woman, who is currently living in the South of France, says people have been officially confined at home – possibly until the end of May.

Edith Lucey from Muckross, who is currently living just outside Marseilles, says official lockdown in the country began on March 17.

People are allowed to leave their homes for one hour each day, but if they do, they must bring a signed document stating where they are going, why and when.

“For weeks now people have been clapping in support of healthcare workers at 8pm from their windows, but that clap is getting more fatigued as the time rolls on,” Edith, who attended Loughquittane NS and Presentation Secondary, told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

Last week numbers were continually rising causing concern in the country, Edith explained.

“People are understandably agitated and demoralised. A recent tally counted 509 deaths in 24 hours. Italy’s own harrowing statistics may have warned us, but now that it is happening here it is still difficult to grasp.”

She explained that the response in France, which seemed painfully slow to live through at first, has been swift and sweeping.

“Public places were shut, the lockdown measures were installed, and the social security system was launched into overdrive to cover a nation’s bills and wages. The President made two speeches within four days to stress the gravity of what was happening and to clarify how France would change in the following weeks.”

Edith, who teaches at the University of Aix-Marseille, found herself working from home as everyone in Ireland continued on as normal, with many here in Kerry asking her what life was like.

“Everything has been moved online, continuing as normally as possible and in a way that only the French can; exchanging emails about solidarity and fraternity.”

Where she lives is around two hours from Italy and three hours from Spain.

“Along the Mediterranean you grow accustomed to a certain bustle of jam-packed terraces all year round. We have moved from popping to the shops and giving a kiss on the cheek to someone we know to nodding two meters away. It can be a tough feeling to know you can’t step outside your front door without a legal document, but it is a small ask to stop this virus from spreading."

However, this week she added that numbers of confirmed cases are thankfully beginning to fall and hopefully everything will get back to normal in the very near future.

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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