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Killarney PCR test centre to open this week

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It is hoped that Killarney will get its own ‘pop up’ PCR test centre before the end of this week.

With rising case numbers since the Christmas breaks, the Tralee centre, the only one in the county, has been experiencing long delays.

Two Kerry TDs have confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that a local test centre could open as soon as Tuesday morning, but as yet the location of the test centre has not been released.

The HSE has also confirmed that a Killarney test centre is under consideration. The HSE was unable to confirm the exact location of the centre on Monday morning but did say:
“This testing will be by only by appointment, and people will get appointments either by being referred through their GP or Public Health or by making appointments on the self-referral portal on HSE.ie.

Norma Foley confirmed that she was expecting details of the Killarney centre to be announced on Monday.

“I have spoken directly with Mr Michael Fitzgerald [Chief Officer Cork/Kerry Community Healthcare] regarding the issue of access to PCR testing in Kerry,” said Foley.

“Mr Fitzgerald has confirmed that it is the intention of the HSE to set up a pop up test centre in Killarney on Tuesday, January 11 manned by the National Ambulance Service subject to the availability of staff.”

Further details are expected to be confirmed by the HSE on (today) Monday.

Michael Healy-Rae said the some Kerry people who are on a long waiting list will be offered tests in Mallow or Cork City.

“I was contacted by the HSE South Group informing me they intend to open a pop up test centre in Killarney to deal with the backlog on Tuesday manned by National Ambulance Service if they have sufficient staff to do so,” he said.
“Some Kerry long-waiters are also being offered slots in the Mallow pop up test centre and airport centre in Cork which though not ideal travel wise but will help reduce the wait time.”

A HSE statement said:

“We continue to experience a very high level of demand for testing in this region, and this means that we have not been able to offer appointments for COVID-19 PCR tests as quickly as we would wish. We thank the public for their patience.

“We are doing everything we can to increase the number of appointments available. This includes using support from the National Ambulance Service to offer additional appointments through pop-up testing locations.

“We can confirm that we will be offering additional appointments in Kerry in the coming days thanks to the support of the National Ambulance Service.”

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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