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Killarney COVID cases on the rise 

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By Michelle Crean 

There's been a surge in the number of confirmed COVID cases in the Killarney area it was revealed this week by NPHET.

Yesterday (Thursday) nationally there was shock at the sharp rise in cases which stood at 994 - a huge increase from 783 reported the previous day. It follows a steady increase over the last number of days across the country.

According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, 80 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised yesterday, of which 22 are in ICU.

According to a NPHET health briefing on Wednesday, Killarney is not escaping the surge in numbers as it was named as one of 14 towns in the country to have the highest cases in a slide name 'Local areas of high cases in Ireland' - with a seven day incidence rate of 155 cases per 100,000 population.

According to Ireland's COVID-19 Data Hub, Killarney LEA had the highest rate of COVID-19 in the county during the two weeks up to July 5, with 49 cases over that period.

“I was very disappointed to hear NPHET saying Killarney is a COVID hotspot," Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Marie Moloney, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I urge people to act with caution, follow the guidelines, wash and sanitise their hands, to social distance, for their own safety and the safety of those around them."

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The latest data is showing clear increases in incidence of disease right across the country. There is no question that the Delta variant is having a considerable impact of transmission of COVID-19. Delta also appears to be presenting with a different variety of symptoms than we have seen with other variants, including headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose. If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu it is vital that you isolate immediately and arrange a test.”

Meanwhile, the HSE has advised of revised times for COVID-19 walk-in tests at its centre in Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee.

Walk-in testing without appointment or referral will be available from 9am to 11am, Monday to Saturday; and 2pm to 3pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Outside of these times, testing will only be conducted by appointment which can be booked online at hse.ie or covid19test.healthservice.ie/hse-self-referral/.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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