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“Unsung heroes” receive top praise for continued community service

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THANK YOU: Mayor of Kerry Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen thanked the Kerry Local Link drivers at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel for their work during COVID-19. Pictured l-r were: Alan O'Connell (Acting GM Local Link Kerry), Mayor of Kerry Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen and Donal Nelligan (Local Link driver). Photo: Joe Hanley

 

By Michelle Crean

 

A special message was relayed to local bus drivers this week to thank them for their continued service during the pandemic. Mayor of Kerry, Patrick O’ Connor Scarteen paid tribute to the invaluable service being provided by Local Link Kerry bus operators and drivers throughout the county.

With buses operating from Ballylongford to Bonane and Barraduff to Brandon Point and everywhere in between, Local Link Kerry services cover the length and breadth of the Kingdom. And the service is set to expand with additional services for the Dingle Peninsula which they hope to roll out soon.

“Local Link Kerry bus services continue to operate, providing a valuable service for those who need public transport to go about their daily lives," Alan O’Connell, General Manager of Local Link Kerry said.

"Great tribute must be paid to the drivers who are working every day on the frontline providing a service and keeping passengers safe. I am sure our passengers will agree that their work has been greatly appreciated. During this third lockdown we have again seen some regular passengers cocooning or opting not to travel and drivers are collecting their shopping, prescriptions or meals and wheels and delivering it to their house on the return leg of the bus service.”

ESSENTIAL JOURNEYS

Alan wanted passengers to know that services will “continue to operate for essential journeys and that during the Level 5 restrictions, buses will operate at 25 percent of normal seating capacity to ensure that social distancing can be adhered to onboard.

"On routes that require it, we are increasing the seating size of the vehicle to meet this demand. In addition, our drivers are carrying out additional cleaning of the vehicles, passengers are to wear face coverings for the duration of their journey and each passenger is required to ensure hand sanitisation when embarking and disembarking. Each of our door to door services must be pre-booked so as to guarantee a seat. Passengers can do so by calling our office in Castleisland on 066 7147002 and one of our experienced members of our team will be only happy to assist them.”

Mayor of Kerry, Patrick O’ Connor Scarteen added that he'd like "to thank all the Local Link Kerry drivers throughout Kerry for the essential work they do".

“Local Link Kerry is an invaluable public transport resource for Kerry that connects our communities. In many ways, the Local Link driver is an unsung hero to those who need to use public transport. Local Link Kerry’s services are available for everybody - people going to work, families, students, and will be for tourists and visitors alike when they start travelling to our beautiful County again," he said. "As Local Link Kerry contracts bus operators to provide their services, it is important to recognise the inward investment of over €1 million that Local Link Kerry receives from the National Transport Authority which is then paid to bus operators all over the county, that’s a huge investment in rural Kerry."

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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