By Michelle Crean
A Rathmore family - whose family member is critically ill and on a ventilator in University Hospital Kerry (UHK) battling COVID - are this week making a heartfelt plea to the public to stay home to save lives - saying the highly infectious virus can happen to anyone.
With over one thousand positive cases in Kerry over the past seven days alone, and 208 deaths reported from COVID-19 so far this month in Ireland, the virus is raging in the community putting healthcare staff under tremendous strain.
And the family of Sheila Crowley (60), who is currently in ICU, are completely baffled as to how and where she contracted it, and are praying that she'll make it over the coming days.
Now her family want to speak out and warn others of how serious COVID is and how fast it can take hold.
"It just escalated very fast," her niece Ashley Crowley told the Killarney Advertiser. "She remains in a critical condition in ICU in Tralee. She's a young woman. It took into her body very fast."
Sheila, who is originally from Headford, had a mild cough last week but no other obvious symptoms, Ashley explained.
"It wasn't the dry cough. It came on her but it wasn't persistent."
On Monday last week she had a pain in her back and her GP thought it could be a kidney infection but suggested a COVID test to be cautious. The test came back positive and while she had no symptoms and felt fine - it all changed very suddenly.
"Over the course of a few hours she suddenly became ill and distressed, the colour went from her."
That was on Saturday last and Sheila's sister immediately rang SouthDoc and an ambulance was arranged to take her straight to A&E at UHK.
"In A&E the oxygen wasn't reacting with her. They then put on a mask with oxygen but that didn't work and she was transferred to ICU and put on a ventilator. She's still critical, her lungs are totally full with the virus."
The next few days are critical and both Ashley and her family are appealing to the public to heed the health advice to stay at home, restrict interactions with others to avoid going through this heartache.
Ashley explained that Sheila's sister died of cancer just a month ago, and that all the family had been restricting their interactions and movements over the past year to keep her safe. She also said that the hospital thinks Sheila may have contracted the new strain of the virus.
"It's hard to take in. We just don't know where she got it from. We have all been restricting our movements for the past year because my other aunt had cancer. We've been tested since too and are negative. It's frightening how fast people can pick it up. We just don't know."
A special Mass of Intercession for Sheila was said by Fr George Hayes of Glenflesk Parish on Tuesday evening which was broadcast over the Internet, while online there were hundreds of well wishes as family, friends and members of the public lit candles for her recovery.
Ashley, who said the hospital staff are "wonderful" and give regular updates on Sheila's condition, added that if she pulls through that her road to recovery will take a very long time.
"She still remains in a dangerous place. They reckon she could be on a ventilator for a long time. We're just hoping she makes it."
She added a huge thanks to all the healthcare staff involved in Sheila's care and to the public for their kindness and prayers over the last few days.
Yesterday (Thursday), Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said that the Government hopes to have 4m vaccinated by the end of September. And while people wait, Ashley is appealing to them to stay apart.
"It's totally true that by staying apart you'll be together eventually again."
Katie celebrates 20 years in business
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). She […]
If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.
For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).
She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.
However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.
“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.
Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.
“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.
“ She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.
“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”
County Board open to GAA museum proposals
By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]
By Sean Moriarty
The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.
There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.
Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.
His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.
Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.
However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.
“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”
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