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Newly-completed Killarney Micro Track now taking bookings

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By Sean Moriarty

The eagerly awaited Killarney Micro Track is now fully operational and is preparing to open its doors to the wider public.

In recent weeks, children between the ages of 12 and 18 have been allowed use the facility under current COVID-19 restrictions but the officials from Killarney Valley Athletics Club are preparing to open the track for further use once current restrictions are eased.

Now renamed as the Killarney Valley Athletics Arena, the €517,000 project boasts an Astro turf playing pitch, a four-lane 200m running track which incorporates an additional 100m four-lane sprint straight and high-class long jump, and triple jump facilities.

Other features include a shot-putt area and flood lighting to allow winter training.

The opening of the track marks the end of nine years of voluntary work by the club, but fundraising will continue to allow them to pay off a €100,000 loan.

Local Paralympic high-jump hopeful Jordan Lee is using the facility in preparation for Tokyo 2021.

“A world class sustainable facility is now in place in the centre of Killarney town and its environs,” committee member Jer Griffin said. “The group would like to particularly thank Kerry County Council, South Kerry Development Partnership (LEADER) and the Department of Sport for the necessary capital grant aid, required to bring such a great facility to life. These funds were in addition to private donations and many fundraising activities over the years and the group will highlight all of these groups at another time in the future, to thank them for their support.”

Bookings for the facility can be made via killarneyvalleyac@gmail.com.

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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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