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Kerry stories shared at Motor Neurone meeting

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CHEQUE PRESENTATION: Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone Disease Chairman Christy Lehane presented a cheque for €11,250 to Marie Reavey (Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association Regional Development Officer) in the Killarney Plaza Hotel on Thursday night last week. Also seated are: Tom MacDonnell (left) and Pat Kelleher (right). Back from left are: Nora Murphy, Denis Russell, Mary Lehane, Paddy O’Keeffe and Sheila Casey. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

There was lots of important information and advice at a recent public information meeting for those living with the effects of Motor Neurone Disease.

The well attended meeting, hosted by Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone, took place in the Killarney Plaza Hotel on Thursday last week.

The theme of the meeting was ‘Telling Kerry’s Story’ of people’s association with Motor Neurone Disease, explained Christy Lehane, Chairman Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone.

“Following a short introduction the meeting was addressed by Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Regional Development Officer, Marie Reavey, who informed the meeting of the work the Association does for Motor Neurone sufferers like providing home visits by MND nurses, providing financial assistance towards home care, provision of specialised medical equipment and funding for counselling and research. Marie also informed the meeting that 86 percent of their annual budget is reliant on fundraising and explaining where this money is spent.”

Alan MacDonnell, formerly from Kilgarvan, gave a very moving account of his mother Mary’s seven year battle with MND.

Doctor Dominika Lisiecka, a Speech and Language Therapist, addressed the meeting and told in simple language of her interactions with Motor Neurone patients stating that something as simple as listening to the patient does make a huge difference in understanding MND, not alone for the patient but for the doctor also.

Rathmore man John O’Neill told the meeting of his wife Bridie’s association with MND which in Bridie’s case was a short illness. Never the less she did not let it curtail her love of holidays and travel, and Bridie was active up until the end.

“We had a video presentation from Derrynane native John O’Donoghue, currently residing in Brisbane, Australia. John told the meeting of his Motor Neurone journey and included a video of his visit home earlier this year.

IMNDA specialist Nurse Katie Kinsella was the final speaker on the night and she outlined her work with MND sufferers and their families.

In conclusion, Christy read an email he received from Andy McGovern from Leitrim, who happens to be the world’s longest MND sufferer, having lived with the disease for 41 years.

“Andy is a true IMNDA ambassador and is always on hand to listen and help other Motor Neurone sufferers. Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone hope that the meeting was of some help and enlightenment to people,” he said.

 

 

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Pharmacy jabs begin today

By Michelle Crean  Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.

Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.

Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.

“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.

“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”

Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.

“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”

Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.

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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene

By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.

Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.

The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.

The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.

The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.

“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”

Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.

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The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.

“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”

Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.

For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.

He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.

“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”

Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.

Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.

“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”

Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.

“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”

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