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“Living apart is keeping our families safe”

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HERO: Anne Walsh, from Ardaneanig, Killarney, Critical Care Project Lead for COVID-19 in University Hospital Kerry is thankful to the public for adhering to Government restrictions.

 

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By Michelle Crean

Hospital staff in Kerry are now living apart from their families in a bid to keep them safe from the highly infectious COVID-19 virus.

Killarney woman, Anne Walsh, who is Critical Care Project Lead for COVID-19 at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) hasn’t physically seen her family, including her two teenage children, for a month as she tries to protect them from potentially getting infected.

However, speaking exclusively to the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday), Anne from Ardaneanig, said that she’s not the only one, as a lot of staff are now making the ultimate sacrifice.

“Obviously it’s a risk,” she said.
“We need to be mindful of keeping them safe. I have been living separately from my family for a month.”

She added that a number of staff are availing temporary accommodation for healthcare workers to reduce interactions with others and prevent the spread of Coronavirus in their residential settings and in the community. However, Anne herself remains in Killarney.
“A lot of families are living separately from their families.”

She added that she’s thankful to the public who are adhering to the Government guidelines, and also to her family for their understanding.

In the hospital, although they’ve had to move fast in learning new technologies and adjust as staff were redeployed to critical care and the emergency department, there is great camaraderie.

“There has been a lot of work done by staff in upskilling and preparing becoming more knowledgeable about the particular care required with COVID-19. It certainly is more fast paced between learning to use new technologies and there has been movement of various staff from the emergency department and critical care. But there’s great team spirit. The community is second to none, everybody is going above and beyond across different departments. Only for how serious and traumatic this is, the work has brought everyone together.”

And the community support, including the many donations of food and other items, is adding to that sentiment, she added.

“We’re very grateful. People are so kind and feel that they’re contributing something. Every single contribution is appreciated. We don’t have the same interactions with people as we previously did so it’s a great boost to morale.”
However, she was keen to add that the most important message to get across to the public from hospital staff is to keep adhering to the Government guidelines in order to keep the contagion at bay, which will greatly reduce the amount of cases being admitted to the hospital.

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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