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New volume on Kerry history and society published

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By Michelle Crean

The long and diverse history of Kerry, in many of its aspects, has been published in a new book by Geography Publications as part of its series of county histories.

The 650-page 'Kerry: History and Society' is number 28 of the acclaimed series which when complete, will have dealt with the history and culture of each of Ireland’s 32 counties. The volume on Kerry is edited by the Cahersiveen-born Professor Maurice J. Bric, of University College Dublin. It consists of 29 articles by different writers on a variety of subjects as well as an introduction by Kerry native, Professor Joe Lee and a postscript by Tommy O’Connor, Kerry County Librarian.

Chapters cover a diverse range of topics about the history, archaeology, culture, society, ecology, language, politics, population and economy of Kerry from prehistoric times to date as well as key figures and incidents in the development of the county over thousands of years. Killarney features in Chapter 16 'The Killarney Poor Law Guardians and The Great Famine' by Kieran Foley.

"This new history of Kerry is itself a milestone in the history of the county," Professor Bric said.

"It brings together a range of essays on different aspects of our history and culture and how they developed in different parts of the county. Kerry has a rich, diverse and interesting history and the essays reflect this. And I hope that my fellow citizens of Kerry will enjoy reading them.”

'Kerry: History and Society' is now available in bookshops across Kerry as well as from the Geography Publications website, www.geographypublications.com. Orders can also be made by telephone to 01-456-6085.

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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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