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Pleas for families to have organ donation conversation

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS: David Richards and Nikita Gamble from Milltown are delighted to have baby Jack home from hospital this Christmas.

By Sean Moriarty

A young couple whose one-year-old son is waiting for a kidney transplant are calling on families to have an organ donation conversation while they are together over Christmas.

David Richards and Nikita Gamble from Milltown are the proud parents of baby Jack and are preparing to spend their first Christmas as a family unit without the stress of continuous hospital visits after Jack was allowed dialysis treatments from home.

While Jack’s home treatment is only the start of a long-road for the young family, it does allow them to enjoy Christmas together.

They will have to wait another two to three years for Jack to be strong enough to receive a kidney donation.

He wants people to have that conversation and be prepared if it ever happens to them.

“You never know when it is one of your own,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “Neither Nikita or myself have a family history of kidney and renal failure – have that chat – it could save a life.”

David and Nikita say they are forever grateful for the support they received from the Irish Kidney Association and the Ronald McDonald House over the last year.

Their story began in November 2019 when Jack was born. Aware that their son was going to be born with renal failure, it was a difficult time for the family.

“The Irish Kidney Association (IKA) reached out by offering me a room in their house in Beaumont. They basically gave me the key of the house and told me to stay there as long as I needed,” said David.

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Their situation got even more complicated at the start of this year when COVID-19 raised its ugly head in Ireland.

Jack was still in and out of hospital often spending weeks at a time in the Crumlin Children’s Hospital. At the same time the IKA turned its family house in Beaumont into temporary accommodation for frontline medical workers in Dublin. Still, IKA came up trumps again and offered the family hotel accommodation close to Dublin Airport.

“That took the financial stress out of the whole thing,” added David. “The IKA were there for us.”

Jack is preparing for his first Christmas at home but the family’s greatest gift of all came in late October when they were able to start home dialysis for their infant son.

It is not easy but it is better than week-long trips to hospitals in Dublin.

And even then, the IKA did not forget. Theresa Looney from the local branch of the IKA regularly checks in on the family to make sure everything is OK.

“They are very good to us,” David added. “We would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”

 

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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