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Kerry College of further Education Open Week

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Kerry College of further Education and Training will run an open week from February 19 to 23 this year.

‘Open Week 2024 ‘offers an exciting opportunity for prospective learners, their families and friends to explore the life-changing opportunities available in our five campuses and other venues across the county.

From Monday, attendees can discover the diverse range of courses and apprenticeships available, state-of-the-art facilities, and the supportive community that sets Kerry College apart.

Interactive demos, virtual reality sessions, information events, and guided tours will provide insight into the various fields of learning on offer.
Prospective learners can meet with instructors, teachers, tutors, current learners, support staff and agencies who can facilitate access to Kerry College.

One of the key event is an unique fibre splicing workshop at Kerry College Monavalley Campus.

Kerry College Monavalley Campus has teamed up with Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Sumitomo Electric Lightwave to launch an exciting new upskilling opportunity.

As part of ‘Open Week 2024’ AWS and Sumitomo Electric Lightwave will run a two-day workshop runs on February 20 and 21.

Anyone 18 years of age or older, with an interest in learning more about fusion splicing, fibre optics and cabling, is welcome to register.
“Amazon Web Services and Sumitomo Electric Lightwave are globally recognized leaders in Cloud computing and optical fibre technologies and solutions for data centre, enterprise, and communication networks,” said Kerry College Monavalley Campus Manager, Con O’Sullivan.

“We are delighted to welcome them to Kerry College, and collaborate with them to deliver this unique learning and development opportunity for Kerry.

“This is a fantastic programme for those already in the industry who want to develop their skills and knowledge even further, but also for potential career changers who are interested in learning more about this exciting and growing industry.”

Registration for this workshop can be completed at https://fiber-aws.pearson.com/fusion-splicing-registration and further information on this and other Open week events can be found on https://kerrycollege.ie/news/open-week-2024/

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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