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Kerry ETB thanked for making college available as COVID-19 test centre

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THANKS: Cork Kerry Community Healthcare has thanked the Kerry Education and Training Board for its support in making part of the IT Tralee campus available as a test centre for COVID-19. Pictured were: Dr Patrick Quinn, Principal Dental Surgeon with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare who helped to set up the Tralee test centre, thanking Ioseph Nestor of the Kerry Education and Training Board for that board’s support. Photo: Dominick Walsh

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare has thanked the Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB) for its support in making Kerry College of Beauty, which is part of the Kerry College Monavalley Campus, available as a test centre for COVID-19.

The Tralee community testing centre has been located at Kerry College of Beauty since March, following a decision by the ETB to make the site available to the HSE.

For operational reasons, the centre has now relocated to the grounds of Ballymullen Barracks.

This test centre has been busy as staff assigned there have tested members of the public who have been referred by their GP and have supported mass testing of residents and staff from residential care facilities across Kerry.

“We would like to thank the ETB for their support in providing their Beauty Therapy facility as a venue at very short notice,” Head of Primary Care with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Teresa O’Donovan said.

“Their support has been invaluable over recent months and assisted us as we rapidly increased the number of tests being carried out and expanded our testing capacity.”

Ms O’Donovan also paid tribute to the staff working at all four Cork Kerry Community Healthcare COVID-19 test centres across Cork and Kerry.

“We’re very proud of the work of the staff at all four of our test centres across Cork and Kerry. In Tralee, staff got this test centre up and running extremely efficiently which enabled us to meet the demand for testing appointments.”

More than 70 staff across Cork and Kerry were redeployed to COVID-19 test centres in recent months, including nurses, therapy staff from a range of professions, oral health staff, and administrative staff.

The current waiting time to have a swab taken in the Cork and Kerry region remains under 24 hours.

“This is thanks to the huge efforts of the staff involved at every stage of the testing process. We appreciate the efforts of the hard-working staff at all test centres and we wish to thank them for their efforts. They worked tirelessly to set up an extremely efficient testing process, and they also supported the universal screening for residents in residential centres,” Teresa O’Donovan added.

Anyone referred for a test is reminded that while they are waiting for either the test itself or the result, they must self-isolate.

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Replacement carrier could be in place by the end of July

By Michelle Crean   Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday). The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect.  The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming […]

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By Michelle Crean 
 

Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday).

The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect. 

The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming days, in accordance with applicable EU rules on air service Public Service Obligations (PSOs), and taking account of legal advice. It is anticipated that the emergency procurement process will be completed by early July, with a view to services being restarted by the new operator(s) as soon as possible thereafter. The contract will be subject to a maximum term of seven months and will operate in accordance with EU law.

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In tandem, the Department will launch a procurement process for a maximum of four years for the continued provision of the services, which will apply after the temporary contract has expired. This will mitigate against any disruption to these services once the emergency contract expires.

The Department recognises the importance of restoring regional connectivity to these airports in advance of the reopening of international travel on July 19 and continues to engage closely with aviation stakeholders in this regard.

Education Minister and Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, Norma Foley, has welcomed today’s Cabinet commitment to make the Kerry Dublin PSO route a priority.

“The restoration of our regional connectivity is of critical importance to the people of Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed to me his intentions to seek an expedited tendering process which aims to have a replacement carrier in place by mid-end of July.

“I am confident Government will continue to engage as a priority with relevant stakeholders until a suitable resolution is reached for the benefit of Kerry and the south-west region.”

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Free career webinar for parents of Leaving Cert students

  A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices. Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm. This webinar will highlight and explain the […]

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A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices.

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm.

This webinar will highlight and explain the important things that parents need to know to help their son/daughter use the CAO Change of Mind facility correctly ahead of the final deadline on July 1 at 5.15pm and to explore the many career options open to them after Leaving Cert.

“This is a very stressful time for Leaving Cert students and parents, and the main focus right now is on getting through the exams after a challenging two years,” Niamh said. “The final deadline for CAO is approaching and it is essential that students have finalised their course choices – knowing what to do is critical, that’s where I can help!

“In this one hour webinar I am going to walk through the steps of how the CAO Change of Mind facility works, what happens at the CAO Offer stage, what students need to do to make sure that they have the best chance to secure a college place in autumn 2021, and the common mistakes to avoid when using the CAO Change of Mind. I will also highlight the many other options that are available outside of CAO.”
 

This training is for parents of Leaving Cert students who:

Are confused and want to learn about how the CAO system works.

Are worried that their son/daughter will make a mistake with filling up the CAO Change of Mind facility.

Want to reduce the stress their son/daughter is feeling right now and support them in making this very important career decision.

Are worried that their son/daughter may not get the course they want.

Want to know about career options outside of CAO.

To join the webinar go to: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5316227987750/WN_t7NhIRaFSc-GU6ycjdAyRA

For further details or clarification contact Niamh Dwyer on 087 9801105 or info@mycareerplan.ie.

Check updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @mycareerplan1, or go to www.mycareerplan.ie.

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Darren completes epic run for Crumlin

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By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

A senior player and coach with Killarney Athletic has completed an epic challenge for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Darren O’Sullivan ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours over the long weekend to raise the funds.

He completed his final run from Port Road and made his way onto Countess Road and Rookery Road before finishing by Woodlawn Road. Darren started his run on Saturday at 4pm and completed his run on Monday at 4pm – and has raised a total of €953.

Darren said that he was raising money for the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin as it is close to his heart because he has seen them help so many children and their families.

Darren had been training for three weeks to be able to complete the run.

“Getting up in the morning and starting the run was the hardest part,” he said.

“I would like to thank Killarney Athletic for supporting me. Thank you to those who donated and I was also thinking of doing something similar next year, I’d love to do it again.”

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