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Killarney businesses support staff at University Hospital Kerry



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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Start clocking up those ‘Kingdom Kilometres’

With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways. The recently opened […]




With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways.

The recently opened Kingdom of Kerry Greenways between Tralee and Fenit and between Listowel and Abbeyfeale are already proving hugely popular with locals and visitors to Kerry.

Representatives of the tourism Industry, local public representatives, travel writers and influencers gathered in Kerry on Monday to experience the exciting new tourist attractions and welcome the arrival of the longer daylight hours as the clocks changed over to summertime.

Sarah Hanrahan, a social media influencer who posts about Irish travel and has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, described the experience.

“Ireland has some of the most amazing outdoor spaces. For a lot of my followers and other people, connecting with green spaces has become much more important to their overall sense of well-being as well as their health and fitness. It’s been really gorgeous to experience the Tralee to Fenit, and Listowel to Limerick Kingdom of Kerry Greenways; a fantastic trip sampling the warm hospitality of Kerry and a great reminder of the active holiday options that are right on our doorstep.”

The new purpose-built trails provide an accessible and inclusive experience for visitors of all abilities.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Mikey Sheehy and the Mayor of Listowel, Cllr Aoife Thornton, said that the greenways offer an exceptional recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.

“The greenways are situated in some of Kerry’s most scenic landscapes and offer spectacular and safe off-road facilities for people of all ages to enjoy as the landscape comes into bloom. They also offer warm hospitality at the trail head towns of each route.”

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St Patrick’s Day parade winners announced

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney. Delighted […]



Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney.

Delighted club representatives were presented with the Seán O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy – in memory of the former Mayor of Killarney and parade stalwart – at a gala presentation of prizes in the International Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night.

The award for the Best Interpretation of the Theme, which was Killarney: Experience More, went to the Wander Wild Festival who received the Michael Courtney Perpetual Trophy which is dedicated to the memory of another former mayor of the town who spearheaded the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations for many years.

The John ‘Killer’ O’Callaghan Perpetual Trophy for the Best Sporting Entry was won by Killarney Athletic AFC and the Peter Irwin Memorial Trophy for the Best Marching Group and Cultural/Arts Entry went to Millstreet Pipe Band.

The Best Sports Club was Spa GAA, the Best Children’s Group prize was won by Kilcummin Comhaltas and the Best New Entry was Killarney Rugby Football Club.

There was an international flavour to the Best Musical Entry which was scooped by the Glenridge High School Marching Band from New Jersey.

The prize for the Best Voluntary Group went to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, the Best School Award went to the Fiona Crowley Stage School and the Best Activity Group was deemed to be Scorchers Cheerleading Club.

The Most Entertaining Entry went to the Killarney Tidy Towns group, the prize for the Most Original Entry was won by Liebherr Container Cranes and the Most Imaginative Entry in the parade was the Art House, Killarney.

The Most Stylish Entry prize was awarded to the Ukrainian community whose representative said they were delighted to play a part in Ireland’s national holiday and thanked the people of Killarney for the warm welcome they have received.

Other prizes presented on the night included the Best Window Display which went to Christy Healy’s on New Street who were celebrating 100 years in business on St Patrick’s Day, while the Europe Hotel and Resort won the Best Green-Themed Building prize.

The judges for the parade were Br Pat Lynch, Guardian, Franciscan Friary, Pam Brosnan, Killarney Musical Society and Denis McMahon.

The awards were presented by Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Chairman Paul Sherry, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Senior Executive Bridget O’Keeffe, and parade grand marshal Cathal P Walshe.

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