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Kerry oncology ward set for €10 million upgrade

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€10 million has been confirmed for an extension and upgrade works for the oncology ward at University Hospital Kerry (UHK).

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has welcomed the issuing of a letter of approval to the hospital to confirm the works.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed to Minister Foley that a letter of approval has been issued to UHK which greenlights the upgrade of oncology services at UHK.

The €10 million investment will provide for a state-of-the-art extension to the existing oncology day ward including funding to cover design, construction and equipment costs.

The project brief includes the provision of 10 fully kitted out treatment pods, two treatment rooms, a chemotherapy day unit and associated staff accommodation.

Over the coming months it is expected that the project will progress through to detailed design stage to ensure that it will meet the needs of the population and be in line with the overall National Cancer Strategy.

“Minister Donnelly has confirmed the allocation of approximately €10 million for this significant and much needed extension to oncology services at UHK," Minister Foley said.

"This vital funding will further enhance the provision of excellence in cancer treatment services in Kerry and the south west. This €10 million investment is an endorsement of the combined efforts of staff and management of UHK and the tireless work of community volunteers most notably Comfort for Chemo who have worked so hard to advance this project.”

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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