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All are invited to put health on their shopping list in Killarney tomorrow

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At the launch of HeartBeat 'Shop for Health Day', front row, Monika Falls, HSE, Carolann Fogarty, HSE,Máire O'Leary, HSE, Noreen O'Sullivan, Killarney Outlet Centre, back row, Michael F O'Connor, Rosemary Nolan, Kay Fleming, Donal McCarthy, Sue McDonagh, Billy DF O'Sullivan, HeartBeat Killarney, Brendan McCarthy. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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AT THIS time of year thoughts are already turning towards the gift-buying sprees that loom on the horizon, but first why not turn your thoughts towards drawing up a shopping list when it comes to safeguarding your health?

This fantastic concept was dreamed up by Billy DF O’Sullivan and his team at the HeartBeat support group in Killarney. They have teamed up with Killarney Outlet Centre, the primary care teams and the Health Service Executive to present a unique event entitled Shop For Health Day at the outlet centre tomorrow, Friday, October 7.

The event takes place from 10am to 6pm and will offer a whole host of services and advice for free. “The object of the day is to provide easy access to health experts in a relaxed atmosphere and to get people talking about their health and picking up information that normally might not be as readily available to them,” said organiser Billy DF O’Sullivan of HeartBeat. “The units in the centre will also be involved with many health-orientated offers available on the day.”

This day of free advice and services will give you opportunities to talk to health professionals such as a diabetes nurse specialist, physiotherapist, speech and language therapist, and diet and mental health specialists.
Screening services will be available and GPs will attend during the day also.

The Kerry Citizens Information Services will also have a presence, as will the Order of Malta, Killarney Community Services, Kerry Weight Challenge, MS Killarney/South Kerry, and breathing coach Eoin Burns.
Erina MacSweeney will offer advice on non-intrusive heart checks.

Kerry Volunteer Group, Audiology Medical Services, Home Chair Pilates, NCBI Sight Loss, Unislim, Strutters Walking Group and many more will also be available. “We are expecting even more to get involved between now and October 7,” added Billy. “Shop For Health Day will reach out to all ages in the community with advice and information that hopefully will be of use to those who participate.”
 


 
Above: At the launch of HeartBeat 'Shop for Health Day', front row, Monika Falls, HSE, Carolann Fogarty, HSE,Máire O'Leary, HSE, Noreen O'Sullivan, Killarney Outlet Centre, back row, Michael F O'Connor, Rosemary Nolan, Kay Fleming, Donal McCarthy, Sue McDonagh, Billy DF O'Sullivan, HeartBeat Killarney, Brendan McCarthy. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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