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Kilcummin and Kerry GAA star seriously injured in crash

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin GAA Club has wished their star player Sean O'Leary a speedy recovery after he was seriously injured in a road traffic accident on Saturday night.

O’Leary, who is a member of the extended Kerry Senior Football team panel, was involved in a two-car collision near Abbeyfeale, County Limerick as he made his way home from the Kerry v Tipperary game that was played in Thurles earlier that evening.

The former All-Ireland minor winner was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the collision which happened shortly after 11.30pm on Saturday night.

The University of Limerick student was a member of Kilcummin’s All-Ireland Intermediate championship winning side in 2019.

He suffered multiple serious fractures in the incident. He, and two other males and one female, were taken to various hospitals in Tralee, Cork and Limerick and the road remained closed until Sunday afternoon as Garda forensic officers examined the scene.

“He is an outstanding footballer,” club PRO Michael O’Riordan told the Killarney Advertiser. “But football aside, he is an extremely popular young man in the community and the younger people look up to him. We wish Sean and everyone else involved a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back [playing football] soon.”

Other successes for O’Leary included winning two Hogan Cups with St Brendan's College in 2016 and 2017.
He also made the Killarney Advertiser Team of the Year in 2018 and 2019 and was named our Young Footballer of the Year in 2018.

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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