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Killarney businesses support staff at University Hospital Kerry

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DONATION: Stephen O'Leary with some of the electrical goods his family firm has donated to UHK. Photo: Paudie Healy

By Sean Moriarty

Several businesses in Killarney have donated electrical equipment to new staff canteens at University Hospital Kerry.

O’Leary’s Expert Electrical on Plunkett St has donated kettles, toasters, microwaves and a television to the hospital staff in Tralee.

The hospital had to open additional staff welfare facilities to cope with the growing numbers of new or returning staff.

The new canteen was only fitted out with basic equipment, mainly due to the short time frame involved in getting it up and running.

Kerry Mayor Niall Kelleher approached businesses in the Killarney area who were in a position to donate the vital equipment and O’Leary’s Expert Electrical, a family-run business operated by brothers Mike and Stephen O’Leary, answered the call.

“We are all in this together,” Stephen told the Killarney Advertiser. “Anything we can do to make it easier on the staff and nurses at the hospital – we will do it. It is a good cause and every little helps. We all have to pull together.”

The initial call for donations of electrical goods came from well-known local photographer Paudie Healy.

The Kerry Phone Centre on College St, the local Vodafone agent, donated six mobile phones to the cause.

“We offered to donate some mobile phones to give to the nurses to use instead of them using their own private phones. Video calling has become so important in keeping families connected, so it made sense to help them to do this without any cost to the staff,” Kerry Phone Centre proprietor Jessica O’Connor told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It’s a small token of our appreciation to the nurses and staff on the frontline and we hope it will help the families of COVID patients to stay in touch with their loved ones at this time.”

[caption id="attachment_31458" align="alignleft" width="342"] STAYING IN TOUCH: Jessica O'Connor with staff members Billy O'Connor and Nigel Leahy with some of the mobile equipment that that the Kerry Phone Centre donated to UHK. Photo: Paudie Healy[/caption]

Meanwhile, Vodafone Ireland has committed to supporting older members of society who are alone, in self isolation or cannot see family and friends stay connected over the coming weeks, by donating one thousand new smartphones along with two thousand €20 credit top-ups to ALONE, an organisation which supports older people in Ireland. The smartphones will be distributed by ALONE and its partners, who are working together to support older members of the community during these difficult times.

Vodafone has ensured that the smartphones are pre-loaded with a number of resourceful applications including WhatsApp, Facebook, Spotify, RTÉ News, along with information about online food deliveries and other important phone numbers including the ALONE national helpline.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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