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How society and communities change, grow and develop for the better is the theme for this year’s Credit Union art competition.

Killarney Credit Union is urging the local community to take the ‘Walk of Life’ for its annual art competition building on last year’s theme of ‘The Force of Nature’, which focused on challenges facing the environment and our planet.

Entrants will have free reign to express their thoughts, opinions, visions and hopes on this theme. The closing date to submit finished entries to your local branch is October 25.

Participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from the positive changes they might have witnessed in their own local communities, or in wider society. 

“Our art competition is an important outlet for creative expression and development here in South Kerry, and events such as this contribute to a vibrant community,” Karena McCarthy, Youth Officer of Killarney Credit Union, said.

“As always, there will be some great prizes up for grabs. So, I would encourage everyone to spend a little time thinking about what the ‘Walk of Life’ theme means to them, and how they might like to depict it through art. Of course, our budding artists can also think on a more global level if they want – really the only rules in the competition are set by the artists’ own imagination!”

The hugely popular, national art competition is now in its 36th year and is open to children aged seven years and under right through to 18 years and over. There is also a category for those with physical or intellectual difficulties. 

The annual competition is part of the Irish League of Credit Unions’ (ILCU) commitment to supporting the artistic development of both young and old in communities throughout Ireland. Local winners will receive their prizes at a prize-giving ceremony in Killarney Credit Union. National winners will receive cash-prizes at an award ceremony to be held in February 2020.

Entry forms are available from all Killarney Credit Union branches in Beech Road, Park Road, Kenmare and Cahersiveen. 

 

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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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