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Massive sports gear donation to help Sanctuary Runners

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DONATIONS: Pictured left to right are Graham Clifford, founder of the Sanctuary Runners, and Oliver Kirwan, founder Elite Event Management with some of the running gear donated recently.

More than one thousand pieces of running gear were donated to those living in Direct Provision – by people from all over Kerry and beyond.

Organisers staged the collection of running gear at the recent Run Killarney event, to help encourage more people living in Direct Provision centres to get out running. The initiative was a partnership with the Sanctuary Runners, set up by Graham Clifford last year to enable local runners to run alongside, and in solidarity with, those in Direct Provision thereby fostering friendship, positivity and respect while bringing greater awareness to the system in which asylum seekers live.

Running shoes, tops, leggings, shorts, socks and other gear filled numerous boxes after the event. This gear will now be distributed to Sanctuary Runner groups around the country to help encourage more people living in Direct Provision have the opportunity to try out running with members of their local community.

This year’s Run Killarney saw 10 runners who live in Direct Provision compete alongside Sanctuary Runners from all over Ireland. More than three thousand runners in total took part in the 10k and half marathon through Killarney National Park on Saturday, July 20.

“It’s fantastic to receive this gear on behalf of the Sanctuary Runners,” Graham said. “People who live in Direct Provision wouldn’t find it easy to come by this kind of clothing or gear, and therefore it will make a great difference to many of them who would like to try out running and take the opportunity to engage more with the local runners in their area. We would like to thank the Run Killarney organisers for their support on this. We absolutely loved the event again this year and we’ll be back again next year with even more Sanctuary Runners we hope!”

For more information or to join the Sanctuary Runners group, contact local coordinator Mike Riordan at sanctuaryrunnerskillarney@gmail.com. The group will take part in the weekly Parkruns in the grounds of Killarney House and Gardens in the town centre and you don’t have to be a runner to get involved. If you’re on Twitter you can follow their progress @Kerrysancrun. Plans are also in place for the Sanctuary Runners to spread to the towns of Tralee and Kenmare in the coming months.

Run Killarney takes place on Saturday July 18, 2020 and registration is now open with an Early Bird offer in place until November 30, 2019.

For more information please contact annette@eliteevents.ie or 087 6024621.

 

 

 

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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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