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Killarney has a new best friend in Germany

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Killarney has a new best friend in Germany

Killarney hopes to forge strong new cultural, tourism and business links with a busy area in Germany after agreeing to what is being described as a new “town friendship” with Schlebusch-Leverkusen.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul Sherry, was the VIP guest at the annual Schlebusch festival at which a friendship pact was agreed and an official scroll signed by the Mayor of Schlebusch, Bernhard Marewski.

Schlebusch has a population of 26,000 people, with 160,000 in the greater Leverkusen area, and it is hoped that the already great relationship can be enhanced going forward for the benefit of both towns.

The friendship arose from a visit by a party from Schlebusch to the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Killarney in 2019 and they will be returning again for the March 17 festival in 2021.

That group was led by Matthias Hermann, Erin Caraideann and the Irish Friends in Leverkusen and they fell in love with the town and its people.

In addition, another group of 19 people will visit Killarney next March and they are looking forward to meeting up with great friends already made.

Paul Sherry said Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce was delighted to accept the invitation to attend the festival in Germany and he is confident it will lead to a very positive and lasting relationship.

“The hospitality shown and the warmth of the people of Schlebusch was amazing and their interest in all things Irish, and especially Killarney, was heart-warming,” said Mr  Sherry.

During his visit to the two-day festival, Mr Sherry also met with Paul Cahill who is a key part of the Global Team in the Irish Business Network and they discussed how links can be built between Killarney and the culture-rich German town.

The chamber president also presented Mayor Bernhard Marewski with a book entitled Beautiful Killarneywhich features some stunning images of the beauty of the area.

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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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