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Killarney pharmacy wins national health literacy award

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CONGRATULATIONS to Haven Kennelly’s Pharmacy of New Street and The Reeks Gateway which has won a coveted accolade. Haven Kennelly’s was awarded the Crystal Clear health literacy mark by healthcare company MSD and the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). As such, it is one of the leading pharmacies promoting health literacy in Ireland, helping its customers better understand their medication and treatments.

This programme has been running since 2015 and recognises the critical role pharmacies play in helping patients understand their health issues. So far, 59 pharmacies have been recognised through the initiative for their high standards in patient education.

Two in five (39%) Irish people want doctors, nurses and pharmacists to use more understandable language and less medical jargon. They also would like healthcare professionals to speak less formally (22%) and take more time to explain things (18%). Interestingly, “embarrassment” was ranked as the main reason for not seeking more information from a healthcare professional (24%).

Inez Bailey, director, NALA, said, “Many Irish adults have significant difficulty understanding medication leaflets, impacting their ability to effectively manage their health when faced with complex treatment decisions and information. The Crystal Clear programme is an important investment in the future health of the people of Ireland, ensuring that they can process information effectively and empowering them to make better decisions about their health and wellbeing.”

To be awarded the Crystal Clear Mark, Haven Kennelly’s Pharmacy had to complete an audit across a number of areas to show how their pharmacy was “health literacy friendly” and communicating clearly with customers in accessible ways. Following assessment from NALA, Haven Kennelly’s was found to qualify for this quality mark.

Pharmacies who wish to participate in the Crystal Clear Programme can log on to www.nala.ie/crystalclear to complete the online audit which will identify what they are already doing to support the literacy and numeracy needs of their patients, as well as what they could do better. Those who are successful in completing this audit and meeting the requirements can then apply for the Crystal Clear Mark.
 


 
Finbarr Kennelly, pharmacist, with David Kennelly, his son
Picture: Don MacMonagle

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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