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“Organ donation works, I’m living proof”

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Third time lucky kidney recipient urges people to carry a donor card

A Milltown man who has undergone three kidney transplants is planning to give something back and also create awareness about the importance of organ donation.
Colm Clifford (42), and his supportive wife Nikki, who both work in Astellas in Killorglin which ironically produces medication for transplant patients, have set up a Monthly Renal Support Group to help patients and their families from diagnosis right through their journey.
The kind couple also plan to promote organ donation in schools and are asking them to hold a non-uniform day across Kerry in all primary and secondary schools.
Colm was born with only one functioning kidney, and as a child went into kidney failure. In December 1988, aged just 11, he had to go on dialysis four times a day. In March 1990, aged 13, he had his first transplant.
“I was born with two kidneys but only one was functioning,” Colm told the Killarney Advertiser.
“My first transplant, the kidney was taken out after two days as it didn’t function.”
In November 1990, he underwent his second transplant which was successful for 22 years.
However, Colm and Nikki’s world came crashing down in 2012 when the newly married couple learned that his kidney was failing again.
In the beginning he was put on dialysis four times a day at home and then later for an hour-and-a-half three times a week in hospital until his third transplant in early March 2017.
Now he says his health is very good but he and Nikki are keen to help others going through the same experience as them.
Nikki explained that it was a long and lonely road and at times felt was hard for others to understand fully.
“You don’t live a life – you’re existing,” Nikki, who is Organ Donor Awareness Coordinator with the Kerry branch of Irish Kidney Association, said.
“It’s quite lonely, it’s hard. I did struggle a bit with the emotional side and there was no support network in Kerry so we set one up in December.”
Also, she added that a new house has been recently purchased in Killarney, near the Killarney Oaks Hotel, by the Kerry branch of the Irish Kidney Association with help from Ring of Kerry funding.
“It’s all gutted out at the moment and money from the schools non-uniform day will go towards this, so the money will stay in Kerry.”
Colm added that the monthly Renal Support Group meeting takes place the second Thursday of every month at 7.30pm in The Kidney House, 11 Castlelawn Drive in Killerisk.
“Organ donation works, I’m living proof. Hopefully it won’t come to anyone’s door but I’d urge people to carry a card and more importantly speak to your next of kin about organ donation.”
For more information contact Colm on 0861999169.

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Killarney postcode V93 home to the county’s most-expensive properties

With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong. In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the […]

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With properties both for rent and for sale in short supply, prices in the Killarney area have remained strong.

In fact, houses with the V93 eircode were, once again, the most expensive homes in Kerry over the past 12 months according to data published by the CSO Residential Property Price Index. The report shows that in the year to December 2023, the average cost of buying a home in Kerry was €242,000 up 5% from the previous year’s figure of €230,000
Nationally that figure now stands at €327,000.
The average house price within the V93 eircode region was €284,000, 17% approx. above the average price for a home within the county.
With supply levels at an all time low and with very little new construction in the pipeline, there is little sign of this changing in the immediate term.

Commenting on the market, Ted Healy of DNG, has expressed concern with the low volume of properties available for sale at present.
‘We have lots of interested buyers seeking property in the Killarney area but unfortunately, we cannot satisfy the demand at present. The past 12 months has seen us securing sales in record time for record levels.”

DNG Ted Healy will be launching a new development of townhouses in the Woodlawn area to the market in the coming months and report that demand is exceptionally high.
The expect these properties to sell out in record time.
And with construction due to commence shortly on another scheme of detached houses on Muckross Road, it is looking like a busy year ahead.
However, this will not be enough to satisfy the demand at present. Properties within the V93 area are highly sought after and in very short supply, resulting in strong prices being achieved.
So is now a good time to sell your property? Yes, according to DNG Ted Healy who is actively seeking properties for sale to satisfy their ever expanding list of buyers.

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500,000 coffee cups prevented from going to landfill in Killarney

The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year. Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups […]

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The team behind Killarney’s ban on single-use cups is launching an adult education programme later this year.

Since its inception in July last year (up to December 31), 506,000 cups have been prevented from going to landfill or becoming litter in Killarney National Park.
Additionally, the scheme has saved 872,413 litres of water and 279 trees.
The decision to ban single-use cups was underpinned by complaints that some of Killarney’s most visited beauty spots were being polluted and studies of clean-ups in the National Park revealed that one of the most common forms of waste recovered was single-use coffee cups.
With this in mind, the team behind the project, in conjunction with the Munster Technology University, will launch an adult education programme.
Late last year secondary school students attended a series of workshops in Killarney House hosted by the Killarney Coffee Cup project.
The session began with the task of matching the common items of litter to the time it takes for them to decompose.
The items ranged from crisp packets, banana skins and single-use coffee cups. The aim of this activity was to highlight the importance of minimising waste and litter, to protect the unique Biosphere Reserve that is Killarney National Park.
The plan now is to roll out a series of workshops aimed at adults with support from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“This is still in the very early stages,” said project lead Louise Byrne who is also the Sustainability Manager at The Killarney Park and The Ross hotels. “Why should we care?”
Byrne cited a recent article by The Guardian newspaper in Britain.
“The entire lifecycle of disposable cups, from raw material extraction to production and transportation, requires significant energy, contributing to environmental degradation. The slow decomposition of disposable cups, especially those with plastic linings, can lead to the release of microplastics into the environment and on the off chance that your disposable cup winds up in waste bound for incineration, that process can release pollutants into the air,” said a report on coffee cup waste by the Kent School of Business and published in the London newspaper.
Byrne believes there is still far too much litter, including coffee cups, ending up disposed of in the National Park and this is one of the key drivers behind the new adult education programme.
Meanwhile the scheme won two more awards this week. Eco Hero group at the Outsider Magazine gave the scheme its Eco Hero award and the scheme won the Green Transformation Award at the Green Awards.

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