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Kerry making progress in the drive against COVID-19

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Kerry is making progress in the drive to bring the number of cases of COVID-19 in the region as close to zero as possible, according to acting Director of Public Health for the HSE South area Dr Anne Sheahan.

 

Dr Sheahan has thanked the people of Kerry for their hard work in recent weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19 and said that this work is beginning to pay off.

“We had kept the level of the virus in Kerry very low for several months, but in late September and early October we saw some very worrying increases. The people of Kerry are now working together to turn that around, and it’s important to let you know that this is making a difference,” she said.

REASSURING TRENDS

While the number of cases of COVID-19 in Kerry still needed to drop further, Dr Sheahan said she has seen reassuring trends in the last week or so.

“I want to thank the people of Kerry for everything they have done. It’s clear that you are doing what’s needed to bring the virus under control in your communities. I am glad to let you know that we are seeing some positive signs. The graph shows that the trend is continuing this week, and this is very encouraging.”

Dr Sheahan said this reduction has been achieved by the people of Kerry making difficult choices.

“I know that the current restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 are particularly hard. We are beginning to see the impact of some of the restrictions, but it’s important that we stick with the actions which protect us all. We need to bring the number of cases in Kerry back down to almost zero. We haven’t reached that point yet, but if we keep up the measures then I am confident that we will,” she said.

Dr Sheahan reminded everyone of the practices which we all need to keep up.

“In particular, I am asking you to remember the virus spreads from person to person quite easily, that is why it’s important to keep our distance. We all need to be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19, and when we need to self-isolate (stay in our rooms) or restrict our movement (stay at home). I’d encourage everyone to use hse.ie as the best source of information on symptoms and the actions we all need to take. If you have symptoms, you need to stay at home, contact your GP who will arrange for a free test. Anyone waiting for a test or a test result needs to stay at home. Again, hse.ie is the best source of information on the actions we all need to take.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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