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Rotary raises a glass to celebrate as €25k raised at Wine & Art Night

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Killarney Rotary Club made a presentation of €25,000 to several local worth causes as result of its Christmas Wine & Art Night.

Members of Killarney Rotary Club and Wine & Art Night sponsors made a presentation to 14 beneficiaries following the club’s successful pre-Christmas fundraiser. Photo: Sean Moriarty

Members of Killarney Rotary Club and Wine & Art Night sponsors made a presentation to 14 beneficiaries following the club’s successful pre-Christmas fundraiser. Photo: Sean Moriarty

The beneficiaries included Anabla National School, Castleisland Daycare Centre, Coolick National School, Faha National School, Gaelscoil Faithleann, the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, Kerry Stars, Killarney Athletic Football Club, Killarney Cardiac Response, Killarney Cougars Basketball Club, Knockanes National School, Loughquittane National School, Scoil Bhride (Loreto) National School and Tiernaboul National School.

Rotary Club President Barry Murphy announced the funding at a special lunch in the Great Southern Hotel on Wednesday.

“I hope the money will help them to complete the projects that this funding was raised for, and Rotary looks forward to seeing some of these when they are completed, he said at the lunch.
“I thank everybody involved in ensuring the evening was a huge success. A huge amount of voluntary work is involved in the organising of this event, before, during and after, by all. I thank the event sponsors and the 50-plus artists and craftspeople that exhibited and sold on the night.

“A special mention to all the patrons for attending year-in, year-out and the many new faces this year, for coming along to exhibit their art or craft pieces or to enjoy themselves tasting a selection of wines and locally brewed beers on offer, in the knowledge that they were supporting so many local groups by being there and to my fellow Rotarians for their ongoing enthusiasm and energy. They look forward to hosting this event again later this year.

Now in its 20th it’s the year Wine & Art Night is supported by Daly’s SuperValu Killarney, Killarney Brewing & Distilling Company and new last year the Killarney Credit Union.

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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