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Online petition to highlight COVID-19 concerns launched by Killarney man

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PETITION: David Harte from Aghadoe working on his online petition at his Australian home.

By Sean Moriarty

An online petition seeking help for the Irish in Australia has been launched by an Aghadoe man this week.

David Harte, who now lives in Perth, is concerned that Irish people are being overlooked by both the Irish and Australian governments in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Many were unable to get home before governments started shutting borders and many more have lost their jobs.

Others have tried, unsuccessfully, to get a flight or have paid over the top prices only to find flights cancelled once they arrive at the airport.

Many are in Australia on one or two-year working holiday visas and not entitled to social welfare or other assistance there.

Such visa holders are only allowed access to Australia’s Accident and Emergency services but cannot get government-supported medical services (Medicare) or welfare payments.

Others, like David, are on what are known as bridging visas after he married his Australian wife two years ago.

“I am lucky, I have family support here but others are not in the same position,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I work in construction and so far that is not shut down, but if it does I will have to rely on my wife’s income.”

Harte’s campaign has attracted the attention of Cllr Niall Kelleher, Mayor of Kerry, who has family living in Sydney, and MEP Sean Kelly.

“I am asking the Irish government not to forget us,” he said. “There are Irish associations, like the Claddagh Association in Perth, who can help and I hope the Irish government can release funds to these associations. It is going to get very serious, one estate agency in Sydney has already told all non-Australians who are renting property to get out as they won’t be able to pay the rent. I am aware of one Irish man who is diabetic and he cannot afford his medication as he is not working.”

He will send his online petition www.change.org: Irish Government Help The Irish In Australia – which has already been signed by 4,000 people - to the Irish government to highlight their plight.

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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Sinead is queen of the court

By Con Dennehy With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport. Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater […]

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By Con Dennehy

With a mix of excitement, drama and impressive solo performances on offer, the Spa/Killarney Handball Tournament on Monday night showcased the best of upcoming talent in the sport.

Competitions for Beginners and Advanced players at the magnificent Spa GAA facility has ensured the long term success of the sport in the greater Killarney region.

One of the most impressive performances on the night was in the Beginners Category where local star Sinead Moriarty secured a number of electrifying victories to win the overall title.

“This was a very competitive competition. In the opening games Neill Horgan was defeated by Rosin King from Glenbeigh 13-15 with Sinead Moriarty getting the better of exchanges with Bríd Horgan (Spa) 15-8. In the other game Niamh Faulds from Glenflesk lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-10 despite a very brave effort from Niamh,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of Spa Killarney Handball Club.

In the semi-finals Sheila Kelliher lost to Elena O’Donoghue (Spa) 15-11 with Sinead Moriarty defeating Rosin King 15-12.

“In a pulsating final Sinead saw off the dogged challenge of Elena O’Donoghue 15-11. While Sinead dominated this game, she looked in control and played a brilliant tournament throughout and was a deserving overall winner.”

In the Advanced category there were wins for Evan Enright and Eoin O’Donoghue in the opening games.

In the quarter finals Even Enright saw off the challenge of Brendan O’Donoghue 15-8 while Eoghan Daly defeated Eoin O’Donoghue 15-11, Aoife Walsh (Currow) defeated Maggie Quirke (Glenbeigh) 15-7 and Brian McEvoy beat Michael Clifford 15-6.

Semi-final success for Evan Enright and Eoghan Daly saw them battle it out in a pulsating final with Daly taking the title on a 15-12 scoreline.

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