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Talk on new Fair Deal legislation in Killarney next Tuesday




What do you know about the Fair Deal Assisted Decision-making Capacity Act?

This new legislation which finally enacted last April.

It is aim is to provide a fair deal for our elderly who may not be able to look after themselves as they get older, through age or illness.

Hearbeat Killarney has invited Patrick Barrett Barrister-in-La to explain what all this means from a legal point of view.

The purpose of Mr Barrett’s discussion is to promote an understanding of the new legislation.

The Assisted Decision-making Capacity Act is designed to replace the outdated mechanisms for assisted decision making and wardship.

The Act itself sets out various safeguards for those who have capacity, who fear they will lose capacity, and those who have no capacity whatsoever to govern their own affairs.

For those worried about how to manage their personal affairs (such a finances, health, or living arrangements) or those of loved ones when faced with an ability to make decisions, the subject matter will be informative.

This law is about rights, and taking every possible step to assist people to continue making their own decisions about their health, finances, housing, work or personal welfare even if challenges are to be faced in doing so. This Act is of great importance for people with frailty, - dementia – an acquired brain injury – or mental illness. It could however be very important to all of us at certain times in our lives.

If both parents are alive, get them to dissolve any joint bank account and set up separate ones, with pension payments and any allowances going into the respective account. Any Care Package fees can be taken from the correct account, allowing the dementia patient to be means-tested more effectively.

Five key points will be discussed
If one parent is acting as carer, set up a standing order to pay a sum [exactly half of what is going into the other account] from one account into the other to cover h/hold bills so that the carer has enough money to manage their own life.
Ask a solicitor to arrange for TWO enduring power of attorney (EPA) certificates [a rough cost estimate is €500 for both ] to cover finance and health. This can only be set up while the parent “has mental capacity” so sooner is better than later. It enables one parent to make decisions on the others behalf. ** (see note at end)
Ask parent to set out their wishes with regard to care; will they be okay with going into a care home if needs be? Also cover funeral wishes and end of life care. Get all these answers typed up – make sure they understand it and date it and ask them to sign it. This brings clarity to their wishes while still of sound mind.
Talk about a PEACE PLAN = proactive enhanced advanced care. This is an anticipatory end-of-life care plan for those with dementia who no longer have capacity to make those kind of decisions for themselves. It helps care professionals deliver the care your parent wants in the last phases of life.
5 Check whether any household accounts eg broadband / utilities are in the affected person’s name and change them [this may require the householder’s signature]

The talk will take place at the Parish Hall on Park Road at 9pm on July 25.

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One of Killarney’s great motorsport legends passes awayBy Cormac Casey

Dermot O’Sullivan, of Ardshanavooly, Killarney, sadly passed away this week. This popular Killarney businessman started in motorsport in 1968 participating in tarmac and forestry rallying and later in hot rod […]




Dermot O’Sullivan, of Ardshanavooly, Killarney, sadly passed away this week.

This popular Killarney businessman started in motorsport in 1968 participating in tarmac and forestry rallying and later in hot rod racing.

A high point in his motorsport career was competing on the 1982 Circuit of Ireland in his Datsun Sunny, at a time when competitors had no pacenotes, relying on sheer wit and skill.

In 2005, after a 23-year gap, he returned to rallying in a Talbot Sunbeam competing in the Killarney Historic Rally with his son Paul in the navigator’s seat, and competed in various events till 2009.

Whenever the glory of days of Kerry rallying are discussed in local pubs during the wee hours, it was certain that Dermot’s name would be mentioned. He had a sideways style of driving that kept every spectator entertained.

As much a flamboyant competitor behind the wheel of his Datsun, his ability to tell a good story was equally entertaining.

As a young motorsport enthusiast, I waited with anticipation each week as Dermot called to the ‘Advertiser’ office in Woodlawn to placing his weekly advert, to hear his animated description of his exploits on the rallying stages. As time went on, the stories never faded, and I always enjoyed our encounters.

Dermot establishing a successful chainsaw and lawnmower business in the 1970’s, down Pawn Office Lane, off High Street, Killarney. In true entrepreneurial spirit he saw a gap in the market, soon after establishing O’Sullivan’s Cycles as one of the first to introduce bike rental to Killarney, a business venture that is still successful today under the guidance of the current O’Sullivan generations.

A true character and an absolute gentleman. May he rest in peace.

Our sincere condolences to wife, Mary, sons Paul, Derry and David, daughters-in-law Barbara, Denise and Fiona, grandchildren Megan, Luke, Kate and Ciara and his great granddaughter Ava, his sisters Breda and Maureen and brother John, brother-in-law Bill, sister-in-law Ann, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours, and many great friends.


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Kerry’s youth celebrated at the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards

This year’s overall winner of the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement is Ryan Griffin from Waterville who was nominated by Mairead O’Sullivan from Killorglin Family Resource Centre. Ryan Griffin […]




This year’s overall winner of the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement is Ryan Griffin from Waterville who was nominated by Mairead O’Sullivan from Killorglin Family Resource Centre.

Ryan Griffin is a member of the Skellig Stars and was chosen to represent Kerry at the Special Olympics.
Ryan’s biggest hurdle is communication and he had to overcome this during his trip to Berlin for the big event.

Ryan has overcome his disabilities by focusing on all the great abilities he has. Ryan attends mainstream school in Coláiste na Sceilge where he is a very respected member of the School Community. He is a member of Kerry Stars and also Downs Syndrome Kerry.

Ryan has always had a keen interest in sport and even played with the local team in Waterville, but now Ryan thinks it’s too fast for him so he prefers to cheer them on from the side-lines.

Ryan has always been involved with the Community and they have never left him out. Ryan started out his athletics career with Skellig Stars and without them he would have gone to the Special Olympics and he has never forgotten when he came from.

Ryan and his family are very grateful to the local community in Waterville and the surrounding area for all the support they have given them over the years and especially now with the Special Olympics coming closer.

The whole community from Waterville to Mid-Kerry got behind Ryan, raising funds to help his family go to Berlin for 2 weeks. Ryan is now an inspiration to others to overcome difficulties and “go for gold”.

Ryan was the only representative from Kerry on this years Irish Special Olympics Team and in fact one of the Youngest Athletes on Team Ireland at only 16yrs of age, which was a great honour for him.
This in itself is a great achievement but it also shows his friends at Skellig Stars, Downs Syndrome Kerry and in the wider community that dreams do come true.

It took a lot of hard work and determination on Ryan’s behalf to make these dreams come true, not least the long journey he had to make from South Kerry to Dublin once a month since last January to train for the Special Olympics. He also trained weekly with the Skellig Stars.

At the 2023 Special Olympics in Berlin Ryan took part in the 100m run and the relay but his biggest achievement was winning the Silver Medal in the mini javelin. This showed others that overcoming difficulties can be possible and you can achieve your goals with hard work and determination, which Ryan has in abundance.

Local Merit Awards

Aliza Gul, Killarney
Joey McCarthy, Killarney
John O’Connor, Killarney
Nattagun Ryan, Killarney
Samuel Behal, Killarney
St Brendan’s Choir, Killarney

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