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Sheila is off ventilator but has long road to recovery

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By Michelle Crean

After a fierce five-week battle with COVID-19, much loved Killarney woman Sheila Crowley is out of immediate danger and making a slow recovery after being taken off the ventilator last weekend - and is expected to be moved out of the COVID ward within days.

Sheila (60), who lives in Rathmore but is originally from Headford, faces months of recovery after being rushed into ICU at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) critically ill with the deadly virus. Her lungs were "completely full of the virus" according to her family who prayed with at least one hundred others every single day while she fought for her life.

Currently Sheila is on high flow oxygen and only days ago still tested positive for the virus - but is expected to be moved out to a regular ward as soon as she tests negative. However, although in good form, her family says they have no idea how long her recovery will take.

"She is in an isolation room in the COVID ward as she's still testing positive," her niece Ashley Crowley told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday). "At least she's out of major danger. We think she'll be moved out to another ward with days once she tests negative but there's a very long road ahead."

In January her family spoke to the Killarney Advertiser to highlight to the public just how dangerous and infectious the virus is - saying they are still "completely baffled" as to how and where she contracted it.

Their prayers for her recovery were answered however, as Sheila was taken off the ventilator last Saturday.

"Her mobility and speech have been affected. We can't speak to her on the mobile but we write letters every day and drop them into her once a week. Sheila is always on our minds. She's smiling all the time and in great form. The main thing is she is doing OK."

Ashley added that they've missed dreadfully her over the five weeks as they usually see her every day.

However, she also added that she's grateful for all the prayers and messages they have received since Sheila became ill.

"We have a 12 hour rosary circle where one hundred people continuously pray. We've been doing that every day. The amount of people praying has been unreal and we just can't thank them enough."

And she added that a huge thank you needs to go to the dedicated staff at UHK.

"They have been fantastic."

 

Bed demand at UHK remains high

Demand for hospital bed capacity including Critical Care at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) remains high.

The necessary arrangements are in place at UHK to upscale Critical Care capacity should that become necessary.
“The hospital remains very busy caring for both COVID and non-COVID patients and the demand for hospital bed capacity including Critical Care is high," the HSE said in a statement this week.

"Critical Care Capacity in the South/South West Hospital Group (S/SWHG) is actively managed as a group resource; thereby ensuring patients always have access to the best possible care setting with inter-hospital transfer as required. Management at University Hospital Kerry is appealing to all members of the public to follow the most recent Government COVID-19 guidelines to help stop the spread.”

 

 

 

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Fossa’s marathon man competes in Vienna

By Sean Moriarty They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria. Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world. On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon […]

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By Sean Moriarty

They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria.

Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world.

On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon with Tony recording a personal-best time of 2hrs and 45mins. He finished second in the Over 45 category and 27th overall, while Tony completed the course in 3hrs and 3mins.

“You won’t see one of us without the other,” said Tony.

Niall Thompson of Killorglin was also competing in the event.

Tony is a member of the well-known Harty family of Waterford. His two brothers Phillip and William and sister Rebecca all raced for Ireland.

Tony took up running later than his siblings and contested his first marathon in 2015 when was 39-years-old.

Now 45 he cannot stop running and takes in at least two overseas marathons every year as well as Irish and local events.

“It is all part of the experience,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. Both he and Seamus have previously contested marathons in Barcelona, Valencia and Rotterdam and he intends to return to Spain in early December for another crack at the Valencia event.

He prepared for Sunday’s race by winning overall at the Churchtown 5-mile race in Cork last month and the Antrim Half-Marathon a few weeks ago.

“Vienna was very hot, up to 26 degrees, and lots of people were suffering,” he added. “Vienna was supposed to run in April but it got deferred. We prefer running in cooler conditions. Valencia will be around 10 degrees in December which is ideal.”

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Jordan’s new role with St Paul’s

By Sean Moriarty Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club. Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level. The High Jumper then switched […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club.

Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level.

The High Jumper then switched to track and field and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where he made history by becoming the first Kerry athlete to act as a flag bearer for an opening ceremony and lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.

Now back home and preparing for the next Olympics in Paris, he has returned to his first love and will join the backroom staff at the local Division One basketball club ahead of their National League campaign which begins next month.

His father Jarlath Lee is head coach with St Paul’s.

“Jordan is joining us as our strength and conditioning coach,” Jarlath told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Meanwhile, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club National League team will have a distinctive feel to it this year after securing the services of three overseas players it for the season ahead.

The club’s biggest signing is Canadian professional Ben Miller. It was originally hoped that the former two-time Manitoba Player of the Year would play for the local side last season but the pandemic got in the way and the National League was never played. However, he did play two training games this time last year before returning to Canada until travel restrictions lifted.

“He is a good guy, very approachable and very good with the young members,” Jarlath said.

The club has also signed Bulgarian International Emilian Grudov.

The 20-year-old has already represented his home country at U16, 18 and 20 level.

“He is young, athletic and very good offensively,” added Lee.

The returning Lithuanian Dianius Varanaukus completes the club international line up for the 2020/21 season.

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