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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.”

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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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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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