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Lifesavers! Family praise hero firemen

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of an elderly Killarney woman are calling for awards to be presented to two members of Killarney Fire and Rescue after they saved her life.

Kathleen Flynn was at home in Ardshanavooly when she started to choke on her food.

Her daughter Ann was in the house at the time.

“She started to choke or her sandwich, I got an awful fright, I did not know what to do,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

In her panic she called her sister Maria who, in turn, called the emergency services.

However, the Killarney ambulance was already attending an incident in Kenmare and a unit had to be despatched from Tralee.

Meanwhile Ann, rushed out of the house where she met her neighbour Christina O’Grady , the wife of well-known Killarney fireman John O’Grady.

By now Maria and her two brothers Alan and Gerard had arrived on the scene fearing the worst.

Luckily John and his brother Martin (who lives two doors up) were at home at the time and they rushed to aid of their elderly neighbour.

The brothers, through their training as fire and rescue officers, were able to stabilise Mrs Flynn.

“There was no way my mother would have made it,” Alan told the Killarney Advertiser, “She had lost consciousness and stopped breathing. We stopped Dr O’Doherty who just happened to be passing and he helped too but the two boys had already managed to get her breathing.”

Meanwhile a fire engine was despatched from Killarney Fire Station.

The unit had, on-board, breathing and other lifesaving equipment and were able to help Kathleen even further while the waited the arrival of the Tralee ambulance.

Mrs Flynn was first taken to Kerry University Hospital and then to Cork University Hospital.

After a few days in hospital she was able to return home.

She spent St Patrick’s Day with her family – something they are very grateful for.

“If it wasn’t for the two O’Grady brothers and all they did, we would be having a very different conversation now, “ her daughter Anne told the Killarney Advertiser.
“They should be put forward for an award and given whatever is going. There is no doubt, but what they did, they saved her life.”

Long serving councillor Donal Grady, father of the two firemen and himself a former fire officer in town has been calling for years for a better ambulance service to serve the Killarney area.

“I am very proud of them,” he told the Killarney Advertiser but warned that there will be a tragedy unless local fire stations are allowed act as ambulance bases. This move was promised by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Department of Health in 2018 but so far it has not been acted upon.

Last July, he asked Kerry County Council to write to Darragh O’Brien, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government seeking a date on the implementation of this life-saving and long-promised service.

“This service would significantly improve response times and patient outcome in the county,” he told the Killarney Advertiser at the time.

Kerry currently has six ambulance bases and 10 fire stations.

“Kerry, as a rural county, would greatly benefit from this as distance to a patient is the biggest delay factor,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

In the first quarter of 2020 – the latest figures available to the Killarney Advertiser – 27 different calls in County Kerry had a response time of over one hour. Only counties Cork and Wexford have a worse response time.

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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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