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Muckross and Ross Castle to feature on RTE travel programme

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Killarney and West Kerry will feature on RTE’s travel programme Tracks & Trails on July 21.

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Best-selling author Cathy Kelly presents the final episode of the season which explores two of Kerry's walking routes which are among the most scenic in Ireland.

Viewers are taken along trails with Cathy to explore heart-stopping Wild Atlantic views of the Ventry, Slea Head and Blasket Islands to the soaring majesty of the mountains on the lakes in Killarney National Park, Muckross Waterfall and Ross Castle.

Along these routes, Cathy encounters locals who give a deeper insight into the trails that she traverses including local historian and manager of the Blasket Centre Lorcán Ó Cinnéide, Dingle Way Walks Officer Liadain Slattery, multi-talented Kerry sports star Louise Galvin and Killarney local Donal O’Donoghue from the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Tour Boats.

“Tracks & Trails has a long affinity with filming their show in County Kerry and it is with great pleasure that we, as a crew and a family, were able to return to County Kerry to shoot this very special episode to close Season 10," says the show's producer Clíona Sherwin.

"We would like to thank Kerry County Council, Kerry Tourism Industry Federation and all those involved who helped make this one of our most beautiful shows. The only problem we had was choosing which trails to feature as the choice is endless in Kerry. With our crew and our presenter Cathy Kelly, we hope we have presented these two parts of Kerry in a way that will make the locals proud and will make viewers want to drop everything and take to these trails to explore.”

Tune into RTÉ One on Thursday July 21 at 7pm.

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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