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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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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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