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Over €13m funding boost for Kerry health care services




By Michelle Crean

Kerry healthcare services are set to receive a €13.11m boost in funding this year which will greatly enhance their services.


University Hospital Kerry (UHK) will receive over €12.5 million in funding this year for a host of key projects including over €6.5 million to fund a state-of-the-art new Blood Science Project creating a vertical extension and the refurbishment of the existing pathology laboratory.

Cahersiveen Community Hospital will receive €140,000 for the provision of a new Ambulance station, while Listowel Community Hospital will receive an investment of €160,000 which will facilitate the refurbishment and extension of a 33 bed facility.

Nationally the health capital funding available in 2022 for the construction and equipping of healthcare facilities is €1.02bn, an increase of 4% on 2021.

Cahersiveen Community Hospital will be given €240,000 for the provision of a new ambulance station and the HIQA compliance refurbishment and extension of 33 beds.

Listowel Community Hospital is set to get €160,000 for the JIQA compliance and extension of 24 beds.

As part of the €12.5 million funding for UHK €20,000 will be for construction works to allow for the installation of a second CT scanner, €1.13 million in funding to build five new single en-suite rooms in an existing orthopaedic ward, €600,000 in funding to enhance maternity birthing development including triage assessment, an antenatal ward, single bed induction rooms, birthing rooms and ancillary accommodation, €1.8 million will fund the provision of an additional theatre (Obstetrics), plus upgrade of an existing theatre and vertical extension, while €1.1 million will be spent on the replacement of key water infrastructure. €750,000 will cover installation of a new emergency lighting system, while €300,000 will go towards the reconfiguration of the existing High Dependency Unit. €250,000 will be spent this year on the upgrade and extension to the Oncology Ward.

“I welcome the significant investment of over €13 million in healthcare facilities which is a clear endorsement of the excellence in vital healthcare provision delivered on a daily basis throughout the county,"
Minister Foley said.

"This funding will significantly enhance the provision of vital local services in the county. I also welcome the important investment in University Hospital Kerry which will provide for an extension and refurbishment to establish a new Blood Science project, the improvement of maternity facilities and the provision of a new obstetrics operating theatre which will improve and enhance the already excellent facilities available. I have consistently advocated for enhanced and additional health services in the county with Minister Donnelly and I wish to thank him for this significant investment in the provision of healthcare services in Kerry.”

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New  bio-energy therapy clinic open on Beech Road

Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily? Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which […]




Have you ever wondered what happens when you deal with an emotionally charged situation or experience high levels of stress daily?

Your mind sends alarm signals to your body which must adapt to this emergency mode.

Muscles tense up, heart beats faster, vessels get compressed, blood pressure rises, body retains water etc. Most of us subject our bodies to this emergency mode without being aware of it.

Irina Sharapova MH has just opened a new Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy clinic at Horan’s Health Store on Beech Road by appointment each Friday.

Both Herbal Medicine and Bio-Energy Therapy, support the body’s natural ability to heal.

During a herbal consultation the therapist suggests necessary corrections to the client’s diet and lifestyle aiming at reducing the elements that contribute to inflammation, stiffness and pain, and increasing the elements that aid healing.

Then they prepare herbal remedies specific to the client. Client’s medications are also examined to ensure that there are no conflicts with the herbal treatment.

Herbs support healing by relaxing the body and improving sleep; they are used to treat various ailments from digestive and reproductive issues to insomnia and migraines.

Bio-Energy therapy is a complementary non-contact treatment that helps to release tension from the body caused by injuries, traumas or stress.

During a Bio-Energy session the therapist scans the client’s body for signals that indicate that the energy is not flowing smoothly – these are the areas that have reacted to the Client’s emotions of fear, worry, hurt, anger, sadness etc.

The therapist “clears out” these areas until the energy flow feels smooth. Bio-Energy is helpful in the treatment of physical and emotional pain and other ailments.

It is suitable for people who do not like massages and other treatments that are performed directly on the body.

Disclaimer: Alternative therapies are not substitutes for medical advice.
For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact Irina at 086 9878941 or via email at Website:


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Spotted an otter lately?

Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals. The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching […]



Users of Killarney National Park are being asked to keep an eye out for otters – one of the country’s rarest mammals.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service IS launching a new National Otter Survey and has teamed up with researchers in Queen’s University Belfast and the National Biodiversity Data Centre to collect and collate otter records from right across the country.

The new survey will map otters and compare results to the last survey, carried out in 2010-11.

NPWS teams will be looking for characteristic signs of otters at over 900 sites throughout the country, including rivers, lakes and the coast.

Members of the public are asked to keep their eyes peeled for otters and to get involved in this national survey by adding their sightings to the survey results.

Otters are mostly active at night and most typically seen at dawn or dusk. They may be spotted from bridges swimming in rivers or along the rocky seashore.
Otters are brown, about 80 cm (30 inches) long and can be seen gliding along the water surface before diving to show their distinctive long pointed tail which is almost as long again as their body.

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive animals so getting as many people involved in the survey as possible will be important if we are to get good coverage. Otters are rarely seen, so instead, over the coming months, NPWS staff will be searching for otter tracks and signs.”

Dr Ferdia Marnell, Mammal Specialist with the NPWS, said:

“Otters have large, webbed feet and leave distinctive footprints, but these can be hard to find. Fortunately, otters mark their territory using droppings known as spraints. Otters deposit spraints conspicuously on boulders along riverbanks, logs on lake shores or the rocky high tide line. Spraints can be up to 10 cm or 3 inches long, black through to white but commonly brown, tarry to powdery in consistency and straight or curved making them tricky to identify. Luckily, they commonly contain fish bones and crayfish shells which are the otters favoured diet making them easy to tell apart from the droppings of birds and other mammals.”

The otter and its habitat are protected under the EU Habitats Directive which requires that Ireland reports on the status of the species every six years. The next report is due in 2025.

The otter suffered significant declines across much of continental Europe during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s but remained widespread in Ireland. The most recent Irish survey (2010-2011) found signs of otter from all counties of Ireland and from sea-shore to mountain streams.

The otter hunts in water, but spends much of its time on land, and as a result is vulnerable to river corridor management such as culverting, dredging and the clearance of bankside vegetation, as well as pollution, pesticides, oil spillages, coastal developments and road traffic.

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