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Killarney snap an RTÉ winner

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WINNING IMAGE: Seamus Long from Barraduff was delighted to learn his stunning image was featured on RTE weather bulletins and has been chosen to appear in the 2020 RTE weather calendar. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

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By Michelle Crean

 

A stunning image taken by a Barraduff man, featuring a young deer during sunrise, was this week featured on national television.

Seamus Long, who is a founding member of Killarney Camera Club, was thrilled to learn his creative shot captured in one of Killarney’s most beautiful locations was featured on RTE weather bulletins and chosen as the winner of the RTE Weather Autumn Photo Competition.

It was shown at the beginning of all weather forecasts on RTE One on Monday and will also feature in the RTE Weather Calendar for 2020, which will be available in the RTE Guide this month.

Seamus took the stunning image on September 14 and just entered the competition in time – the evening the competition was closing. It was taken down at the lower lake in Lough Lein at 7.45am, shortly after sunrise.

And he says he almost didn’t enter it into the competition.

“My wife Josephine brought it to my attention a few weeks before when she saw it in

the RTE Guide,” Seamus told the Killarney Advertiser.

“That day she left the RTE Guide out for me with that page open and I entered it that evening.”

Seamus said that he was pleasantly surprised last Saturday when he received an email from weather presenter Nuala Carey.

“I was delighted. I was really surprised.”

He added that he was patient that morning to try to get that perfect shot.

“There was nice early light. You have to be patient when trying to get the perfect shot.”

Killarney Camera Club are looking for new members and are inviting the public to attend their Open and Introductory Night on November 7, in the Killarney Heights Hotel at 7.30pm.

 

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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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