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Song holds a special place in singer’s heart

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney singer songwriter has released her version of a much loved song which resonates with people worldwide.

Killarney’s Grace Foley wanted to record the song 'Danny Boy' for many years and recently launched it by singing at the Europe Hotel & Resort to mark the occasion.

“I don't think I've been so excited to release a song in a very long time,” Grace told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“After many years of waiting, I finally recorded my version of 'Danny Boy' with Brendan O’Connor at Little Dylan Recording Studio Killarney. I am really proud of what myself and Brendan came up with. I feel this particular song is special. It is so loved all over the world.”

She said she recorded the video on the last day of 'normality', Thursday, March 12.

“We stood by the lakeside at the Hotel Europe Killarney, unaware that decisions were being made about closing all schools and colleges.”

On Friday just gone, she said it was a completely different experience.

“As we left, we got word that Ireland was beginning to open up again. There seemed to be a real sense of balance and serendipity to the whole experience. I am so grateful to everyone at the Europe for having us, most especially David Cronin who took such good care of us. The hotel also shared the video on their Facebook page and the views were immediately flying up.”

She added that the song has a special way of reaching people.

“There's something even more special about it now, after all the loss our country has experienced in such a short time.”

The song has already been played on Radio Kerry and is going to feature on stations worldwide from Dublin to America to Wales.

See her Facebook, Instagram page and YouTube channel: 'Grace Foley Singer' to see the official video. The song is available to download across all platforms including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Bandcamp and Spotify.

The Arts Council has sent its congratulations to six Kerry artists, including Grace, who have each been awarded a €3,000 grant to help them make new and original work during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Government agency for funding and developing the arts said applications from County Kerry artists had scored very highly. Visual Artists Mieke Vanmechelen and Andrew Duggan, musicians Michael Jones and Brendan O’Sullivan, and Neil Flynn involved in theatre, were also successful.
The Arts Council said that across the whole of the country it was encouraged by both the quality of the applications, and the fact that almost two thirds of the successful artists had never before been funded by the Arts Council.

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New Patient Advocacy Service offering support to Kerry people

A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital. The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive […]

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A newly established Patient Advocacy Service is offering support to people in the Kerry area who want to make a complaint about the care they have received in a public hospital.

The service provides free, independent and confidential information and support to people making a formal complaint about their care in a Health Service Executive (HSE) funded public acute hospital.

People in the Kerry area looking for support can contact the Patient Advocacy Service confidential helpline on 0818 293003 to speak to a trained advocate who will help them to get information on the HSE’s complaints investigation process, called ‘Your Service, Your Say’.

The professionally trained independent advocate will support and empower the person making the complaint, with the aim of highlighting their views and concerns.

The advocate will explain to the person how to write a formal complaint and what to include in it. They will also help the person prepare for meetings with the HSE about their complaint, and they will help the person explore their options following a response from the HSE to their complaint.

“Until now, people in Kerry and across Ireland who experienced difficulties in the Irish health service often felt there was nowhere for them to turn,” Service Manager for the Patient Advocacy Service, Claire Lehane, said.

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“The newly established Patient Advocacy Service offers patients the guidance and information they need to make a complaint when they are unhappy with the care they receive. It is free, independent and run by our professionally trained patient advocates who will use their compassion and knowledge to guide people through the HSE complaints process.”

The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, including lunchtimes. You can also email info@patientadvocacyservice.ie or for more information see patientadvocacyservice.ie.

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New Kerry Dublin flight takes off

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday). Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12. At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry-Dublin air route returned to the skies for the first time in nearly seven weeks today (Wednesday).

Budget airline Ryanair has taken over the route following the collapse of Stobart Air on June 12.

At around 1pm, one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at the airport after completing its 50 minute journey for Dublin.

Less than 25 minutes later it was back in the sky again for its return journey to the capital.

The flight will operate once a day until September 1 when the frequency will increase to twice daily.

“We are happy to report a positive start to the service which has been absent since early June,” the airport’s CEO John Mulhern told the Killarney Advertiser. “Ryanair intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September.”

The route is operated on a commercial basis by Ryanair. Since 2011, Aer Lingus, through its subsidiary Aer Lingus Regional or its partners Aer Arran and Stobart Air operated the flight as a Government support Public Service Obligation (PSO). Previously, between 2008 and 2011 Ryanair operated the route on a commercial basis but withdrew at short notice as it could not make it profitable.

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