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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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Relief as indoor dining finally resumes

By Michelle Crean After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in. Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday. According to the new […]

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By Michelle Crean

After almost 500 days of closures the sense of relief was evident this week as restaurants, cafés and bars were finally allowed to welcome customers back in.

Some had reopened for outdoor dining previously to help keep their businesses afloat but it was back to normal on Monday.

According to the new rules as set out by Fáilte Ireland and the Government, in order for customers to access indoor service, they must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months. Those who are not yet vaccinated can only be served outside.

A maximum of six people aged 13 and over are allowed per table and it’s advised that face coverings be worn when not at the table, there is no time limit, customers can only eat or drink at a table and not at the bar or counter, and one person must give their details for contract tracing purposes. Live music and dancing is not allowed.

The Killarney Advertiser spoke to a number of businesses this week and overall the feeling was relief that they can finally get back to normal service but the issue of staffing still remains.

Brian Murphy from Courtney’s Bar said he was feeling nervous.

“I’m feeling nervous as we don’t have enough staff,” he said. “It’s a Monday so hopefully we can cope. Things will settle down and we’ll find a level we are all happy with.”

At the Porterhouse Restaurant Lee O’Callaghan said “It’s great to be back open and have people coming into the restaurant”.

“Hopefully we have a long season after being closed for so long.”

Staff at Reidy’s, Ellen Shannon, Rory Carroll and Jack Sweeney, added that they’re delighted to return to indoor dining.

“Hopefully we get back to normal soon and to brighter days ahead.”

At Jimmy Brien’s Bar in Fair Hill, customers echoed the same sentiments about being finally open.

“We are delighted to be back,” Danjoe Aherne said.

“We appreciate everything Alan Breen has done for us. We’re glad to be back home again!” Charlie Buckingham said.

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Time to get your skates on!

By Sean Moriarty People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline. A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council. Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people […]

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By Sean Moriarty

People of Killarney are being urged to have their say on a new skateboard park before next week’s deadline.

A public consultation on the project has been launched by Kerry County Council.

Cllr Donal Grady, who first put forward the idea of a Killarney skateboard park in 2018, is urging the people of the town to have their say.

It is proposed to build the park on land adjacent to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with help and support from the KDYS.

“In 2017 a group of skateboard enthusiasts approached me, they had no designated safe area to enjoy their sport. Sport is vital for youths, stakeboarding increases metabolism, improves balance and enhances coordination use,” Cllr Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport. I commend Kerry County Council, management, engineers and the planning team for getting the project to this stage, it’s now up to the people of Killarney to have their say. It’s vital positive submissions are lodged by Wednesday, August 25,”

Submissions can be lodged to the Playground Unit, Finance Dept, Kerry County Council.

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