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Parkinson’s sufferer calls for specialist nurses for Kerry

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Parkinson’s sufferer Connie Doolan from Kilcummin. Photo: Michelle Crean

“We are being forgotten about”

By Michelle Crean

A Kilcummin man who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease says patients in Kerry have been begging for funding for 10 years for specialist nurses – but their pleas are being ignored.
Currently there are no nurses available in the county for Parkinson’s sufferers, and Connie Doolan (62), who was diagnosed with the disease in 2010, says many patients feel left out in the cold.
Connie, who is Chair of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland South Kerry branch, is lending his voice for more specialised care for Kerry patients – following a national protest outside Leinster House in Dublin yesterday (Thursday), as part of World Parkinson’s Day and Parkinson’s Awareness Week this week.
Although many from Kerry couldn’t travel due to the complexity of their illness, protesters say that the Government has failed to provide core funding to the Parkinson’s Association.
Connie says that in Kerry repeated attempts for funding from the HSE over the years has fallen on deaf ears.
“We know there’s no cure for it,” Connie told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“We’re fighting for a nurse for 10 years and they’re giving us the run around. They keep saying they’ll look into it. We wrote to the HSE again in November but they never got back to us. We feel left out completely – forgotten about – it’s ridiculous. They have nurses for every other disease.”
He said that access to services is limited for Parkinson’s patients, but having a nurse who could call to people’s homes would give people some relief.
His group hold monthly meetings in the meeting room at the Church of the Resurrection in Killarney, and on Monday night dietician Elaine Walsh gave a talk on nutrition. However, he says more needs to be done to help them.
“There’s people out there who don’t come to the meetings. It would be a relief to have a nurse allocated to Kerry who could call to their homes.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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