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Killarney pop-up COVID-19 test centre to stay open until Tuesday

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A pop-up COVID-19 test site will run at Killarney Community Hospital, Saint Margaret’s Road, until tomorrow Tuesday (August 24), from 11am to 7pm each day.

Walk-in testing in several parts of the region has proven to be quite successful in detecting and containing cases of Covid-19 in recent months. This site was planned in partnership by CKCH, the National Ambulance Service and Public Health experts.

Everyone attending for testing needs to bring a photo ID and a mobile phone number to receive their results. No appointment is necessary.

Specialist in Public Health Medicine with the Department of Public Health HSE South Dr Peter Barrett, thanked those who have come forward for this kind of testing so far.

“We know that there are high levels of Covid-19 circulating in Kerry at present. By coming forward for testing, you are helping the entire community to keep Covid-19 under control.”

Head of Health and Wellbeing with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Gabrielle O'Keeffe said there has been a great reaction to the no-appointment testing initiative from the people of Kerry and this is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts to detect and contain cases of Covid-19.

“Thank you to everyone who has presented for a test so far. Taking up this opportunity for testing even when you don’t have symptoms will help us to go a step further again in containing any cases.”

Ms O'Keeffe thanked the Administration team and National Ambulance Service for their support in setting up the temporary testing location in Killarney.

Walk-in test centres of this kind have opened in a number of locations around the country in recent months. These no appointment necessary testing centres offer those without symptoms of Covid-19 an opportunity to be tested.

You should use this free, walk-in COVID-19 testing service primarily if you:

• Do not have symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to be tested
• Have not tested positive for Covid-19 in the last nine months

Children under 16 can attend a walk-in centre. The parent or guardian attending with a child must have photographic ID and give consent for a child under 16 to have a COVID 19 test and there must also be an accompanying adult present when a child under 16 has a COVID 19 test

You must bring photo identification with you and provide us with a mobile telephone number so we can contact you with your results.

Social distancing measures will apply as people attend for testing.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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