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Planning permission granted for new Killarney Community Hospital

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s much-awaited new community hospital has taken another step towards reality this week after Kerry County Council approved planning permission for the project.

Last October, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare lodged a planning application for a new 130-bed Community Nursing Unit.

The permit was granted this week, but it is unknown when construction might begin on account of the current restrictions put in place to fight COVID-19. In normal circumstances the development should be finished by the end of 2022, but with start dates now likely to be pushed out that date remains fluid.

This development, which will be built on the grounds of St Finan’s Hospital, will replace the current St Columbanus Home and the District Hospital's Short Stay Unit.

The development will include 130 en-suite bedrooms, including 30 rooms specifically for dementia patients.

A new entrance will be constructed at the Lewis Road-side of the site, which will also include overnight visitor accommodation, as well as a laundry and hair salon.

Existing farm buildings on St Finan’s site will be demolished to accommodate the new structure, but the hospital itself, which is a protected Victorian-era building, will not be subject to any works during this development.

Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae made several submissions to Dáil Eireann to get the project off the ground.

“I welcome this decision by KCC as it is the first step of a very important process in providing a new community hospital for the town of Killarney,” Deputy Healy-Rae told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I have been highlighting the need for this for a very long time, in fact, I was the first to ask for it at a HSE South Forum, also in KCC and the Dáil at every given opportunity.”

Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson, a long-time campaigner for action on the redevelopment of the St Finan’s site, welcomed the planning decision but asked what will become of the old community hospital as there are concerns it could become derelict.

He is one of the Kerry representatives on the HSE South Forum and wants the HSE to confirm its intentions regarding the site. In November it was revealed that the site could be sold to private investors.

“I am very pleased that the application has been successful as per the planning application. I hope that the HSE will be in a position to proceed with the development in the relatively near future,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“At a HSE South meeting (on February 20) I asked if the HSE had any definite plans for the existing community hospital and St Columbanus Home. The reply stated that as of yet no plans had been formulated but that there would be consultation with other State agencies regarding their future."

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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