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Kidney patient welcomes new vaccine priority list

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WELCOME: Barth Flynn has welcomed the new vaccine priority list

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By Sean Moriarty

 

A local kidney patient has welcomed the Government’s changes to the COVID-19 vaccine allocation priority list which was updated on Tuesday - saying it's "far more comprehensive".

It now means all organ transplant recipients and people on dialysis aged 16 to 69-years-old are moved to cohort 4 consistent with their medical risk.

Kidney transplant patients affected by COVID-19 have 20 percent mortality rate according to research by The European Society for Organ Transplantation.

Barth Flynn (37), attends dialysis at University Hospital Kerry three days a week. The Fossa man suffered kidney failure as a baby and the condition grew progressively worse in adulthood.

He received his vaccine last week. However, he was vaccinated through his job as the former Director of Nursing at Killarney Nursing Home and not because he is medically vulnerable.

Speaking with the Killarney Advertiser last month, he raised serious concerns about the Government’s vaccine plan.

He felt kidney patients were too far down the list and if they picked up COVID-19 in the meantime it could create an untold amount of problems for them and in turn at the kidney and dialysis unit at University Hospital Kerry (UHK).

“The new list makes far more sense,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “The last one was something that looked like it was only thrown together. I am delighted to see the new list – and it is not just about me – I know several people with respiratory conditions who were a way, way, down the old list. They were very scared and concerned. This new list is far more comprehensive.”

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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