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Public Health Nurses still supporting parents and communities

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Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is reminding new parents and parents of younger children that they can contact their local Public Health Nurse for support if they have any concerns about their child’s development.

Public Health Nurses provide child health screening, developmental surveillance, key health messages and support to parents from birth.

While public health nurses are still visiting new babies and their parents after their discharge from maternity hospitals, a number of other scheduled early childhood appointments have been paused.

The purpose of these early childhood appointments is to carry out a developmental assessment to see if your child is growing and developing skills that are suitable for their age and similar to children of the same age. It also allows parents and guardians an opportunity to discuss any concerns they may have and to refer your child to other healthcare services if required.

Regrettably due to COVID-19 restrictions and related demands on services, child vision and hearing checks for Junior and Senior Infant pupils, are paused. Immunisation clinics, including HPV (human papillomavirus) are also delayed. Clinics will recommence once current Level 5 restrictions are withdrawn. Initially these clinics will address the appointments postponed during previous lockdowns.

"While these developmental assessments are paused, there are still plenty of activities which parents can do at home with their children to support their development,”  Public Health Nurse for South Lee, Aine O'Sullivan, said. “We also recommend that you look at the HSE website mychild.ie, where there’s lot of very useful and easy-to-follow advice about child development at different ages, nutrition, safety in the home, dental health, speech and social and emotional development"

Parents and guardians can access useful books on mychild.ie.

The My Child 0-2 year book is at www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/my-child-0-to-2-years.pdf

My Child 2 to 5 years is at www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/my-child-2-to-5-years.pdf

In addition, parents should still contact their GP to arrange visits for their vaccines at two, four, six, 12 and 13 months. These important vaccines protect babies from serious infectious diseases.

If you don’t have your PHN’s phone number or if they have been redeployed, you can contact your local Public Health Nursing Department on 066 7184555.

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event

By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]

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By Michelle Crean

ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.

On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.

It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.

In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.

ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.

Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.

“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”

ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.

Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.

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