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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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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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