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Liebherr story officially launched 

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'The Liebherr Story' was officially launched at the Europe Hotel & Resort, attracting a crowd of over 250 attendees.

Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher Moira Murrell (Chief Executive Kerry County Council) Isolde Liebherr Tom Foley Patricia Ruf Mary Buckley (Interim CEO IDA) and Gerry Bunyan (MD Sales Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd) pictured at the official launch of 'The Liebherr Story'.

Gerry Bunyan MD-Sales at Liebherr Container Cranes speaking at the official launch of 'The Liebherr Story'.

Mary Buckley, Interim CEO IDA

Moira Murrell, Chief Executive Kerry County Council.

BOOK: The book 'The Liebherr Story' was officially launched last week.

Timmy Mackey O'Shea

Tom Foley

The importance of the Liebherr container crane factory, and the Liebherr hotels to the people of Killarney, Kerry and beyond was clear to see with a mix of former and current employees, suppliers, TDs, councillors members of the public and members of the Liebherr family helping to launch Tom Foley’s wonderful new book.

Following a warm welcome from Gerry Bunyan, MD Sales at Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd, Mary Buckley, Interim CEO of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA Ireland) and Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council spoke at length about the role both organisations played and continue to play in the long history of Liebherr in Ireland.

Mary Buckley said that “Liebherr’s success is indeed IDA Ireland’s success” and that both organisations “share an ambition and vision to be sustainable, innovative and responsive to the needs of industry in an ever changing and challenging global environment”.

She echoed Gerry Bunyan’s words in formally thanking the Liebherr family for their investment and continued support of Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd.

Moira Murrell highlighted Liebherr's contribution to the region through its collaboration with the IDA and local authorities, as well as with Munster Technological University (MTU) to develop the skills in the region. She also mentioned that Liebherr has been an integral part of Kerry life, with thousands of people working with the company over the years and noted that it is these people whose stories are recounted in 'The Liebherr Story'.

LONG HISTORY

Attendees heard from Isolde Liebherr and her daughter Patricia Ruf, who made the journey to Ireland to celebrate the launch of the book. They spoke of the long history of Liebherr in Ireland and highlighted the importance of Killarney to the Liebherr family. They talked warmly of the life-long friendships made here and the special significance of the Killarney factory and the Kerry hotels to the Liebherrs with Killarney being like a second home. Isolde fondly recalled her first visit with her father in 1958, when he came to set up the factory. Their presence at the event was a clear sign of the continued loyalty of the Liebherr family to their operations in Kerry.

Timmy 'Mackey' O’Shea spoke about the now almost legendary “delegation” of local businesspeople and dignitaries, including his father, who made it their business to make off the German industrialist staying at the Great Southern Hotel and to show Hans Liebherr what Killarney had to offer.

Finally, the author, Tom Foley, reminisced about his time at Liebherr, about the people he worked with, and the many stories he collected as he wrote 'The Liebherr Story'. His engaging style, humour and lively anecdotes ensured that the audience were spellbound as he spoke. Tom had a few prescient words about the delegation that served to illustrate the importance of their initiative in tracking down Hans Liebherr. The repercussions of that single act are still felt today, almost 70 years later.

“Were it not for their intervention, somebody else, in some other hotel, in some other town, perhaps, even in some other country, would be standing here this evening, launching 'The Liebherr Story'.

The Liebherr Story is available from all good bookshops and online at buythebook.ie.

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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