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Innovative new solution to keep small businesses in Kerry smiling

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Elite Event Management, the team behind Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, Quest Killarney, Quest Kenmare and Run Killarney have launched an innovative new product to keep small businesses in Kerry smiling during these difficult times.

 

This exciting social project is a gift box full of produce and crafts sourced in Kerry, packaged together beautifully and ready to order and ship to anywhere in the world.

 

The Kerry based company are usually organising sports events across the country but due to COVID-19 restrictions their business has been stopped in its tracks.

 

“Our business went from thriving and optimistic to free fall, seemingly overnight,” owner Oliver Kirwan said.

 

“Our normal work takes place in the world of sport events such as the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, Quest Kenmare, Quest Killarney and Run Killarney. We brought our team together and came upon the idea of ‘Box of Smiles’. It gives us great satisfaction that we can now work on a project that helps our own company survive through this crisis but also help other small businesses in Killarney and Kenmare such as Killarney Chocolate, Felicia Thomas Artist, Suchness Jewellery, Baborsbeans Coffee, Norman McCloskey Photography, Kenmare Soap amongst others. Each box is filled with high quality products sourced from local small businesses including coffee roasters and bakers, creatives and artisans, tea connoisseurs and candle creators. ‘Box of Smiles’ is also a wonderful way for people to keep in touch with Irish creativity in their locality, gift a loved one or express gratitude to an employee.”

 

Box of Smiles’ have seven gift boxes available to purchase online including Keep Kenmare Smiling, Keep Killarney Smiling, Keep West Cork Smiling, Keep Cork City Smiling, Keep Dublin Smiling, Keep Galway Smiling and Keep Ireland Smiling. Every box purchased will help small local businesses throughout the country maintain a revenue stream in the challenging environment they have abruptly found themselves in.

 

It is also an uncertain time for organisations and their employees with possible indefinite remote working and changes in routine and structure. ‘Box of Smiles’ are also available as branded employee care packages and are a meaningful way of maintaining links between employers and their teams whilst showing appreciation for their resolve and dedication.

 

For further information please visit www.boxofsmiles.ie or email annette@eliteevents.ie or call 0646635512.

 

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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