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Killarney cyclists in dramatic photo finish

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By Sean Moriarty

Two Killarney cyclists were involved in a dramatic photo finish at Greenmount Races on Sunday last.

The event at Limerick Racecourse was organised by Greenmount Cycling Academy and attracted some of the best Munster-based riders across all classes.

The combined adult A1, A2, A3 and Junior race resulted in a race to the finish line between Killarney Cycling Club’s Stefan Caufield-Dreier and Cork-based Killarney racer Richard Maes who rides for VeloRevolution.

Caufield-Dreier is a former Under-16 National Time Trial champion and won the last year’s Junior Munster Time Trial title.

Maes is a former National A3 Road Racing champion and has been one of the most talented race cyclists to represent Killarney at national and international level.

However, it was the younger Caufield-Dreier who got the better of the more-experienced Maes at the finish line on Sunday.

“Killarney’s dominance ensures that the post-pandemic blues are well behind us with the spread of results being achieved in almost every category,” Killarney Cycling Club’s chairman Mark Murphy said.

“In what were humid conditions, the feature event of the day was the combined Senior and Junior race with Stefan Caulfied-Dreier taking the most narrow of victories to take the line, and in a very close third again was another Killarney man Lorcan Daly. Taking into account both are junior riders it bodes well for the future of road racing at the top table.”

Overall, it was a very successful weekend for Killarney Cycling Club with members taking no fewer than seven podiums. As well as Caufield-Dreier’s win, Lorcan Daly took third in the A1, A2, A3 and Junior race. Sam Bolger took third in the A4 race while there was underage success too.

Aaron O’Connor won the Under-12 race, Donagh O’Connor came out on top in the Under-15 race and Luke Costelloe won the Under-16 boys race. Shayna Daly took first place in the Girls Under-16 race.

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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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