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Spa’s video archive to go online

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club is in the process of placing its huge video archive online - some of which dates back 40 years - and fans will be able to access it via YouTube.

 

Club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy has set up a channel on the popular site for the club, and over the next couple of weeks will upload video footage that features club games and sports events that the club was involved in over many years.

“During the last lockdown we uploaded loads of old photos to our website and this proved to very popular,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “This is the next step in that idea.”

Most of the footage is either owned or in the possession of the Cronin family.
Club member Sean Cronin is a regular sight on the side-lines as he records various club matches. His son Shane, who is also a club member, was a video enthusiast during his teenage years and has captured several historical occasions on the same camera his father now uses.

The Cronin family inherited much older footage from Sean’s late uncle Archie Cronin and the family is currently sifting through boxes of material ahead of transferring the footage from the old reel style format into a digital format.

One famous match, the 1995 Kerry Intermediate Football final will be uploaded in the coming days.

The footage features commentary from Gary O’Sullivan and it is believed to be one of the first matches he relayed to viewers. O’Sullivan went on to a very successful and popular sports broadcasting career with Radio Kerry.

“I moved house about 12 years ago. There are boxes of tapes belonging to my late uncle and it is a case of finding the box and the reels,” Sean Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser. “We have footage somewhere of a 1980s sports day at Spa, long before the clubhouse was ever built. It will bring back huge memories for people.”

Recently uploaded footage shows the 2008 East Kerry Under 12 Division 1 final between Spa and Dr Crokes.

​​​​​​​Current County star Gavin White is shown playing for Dr Crokes while a young girl is seen playing for Spa at a time when mixed teams were allowed at underage level.
That match can be viewed via YouTube by searching Spa GAA Club Killarney: 2008 East Kerry U12 Div1 Final Spa v Dr Crokes.

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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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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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