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There’s no bank holiday from COVID-19 – say frontline staff





The bank holiday weekend isn’t a break from the hard work of dealing with COVID-19, frontline public sector workers in Kerry have warned.

Staff from the HSE, An Garda Síochána and Kerry County Council joined together this week for a photo demonstrating that they’re standing together – but still apart – in the county’s battle to keep COVID-19 at bay.

Doctors, nurses, mental health services staff, Gardaí and staff from Kerry County Council came together with one main message – asking the people of Kerry to keep up their trojan efforts.

“We’re working so hard to make sure that essential services keep running despite the impact of COVID-19,” Mary O’Mahony, Areas Director of Nursing, Kerry Mental Health Services said.

“Today, we’re asking the people of Kerry to support our efforts by continuing to stay at home where possible, and following all other guidelines. Sadly, the more we move around, the more risk we create.”

Majella Daly, Primary Care Service Manager, Cork Kerry Community Health Care asked the people of Kerry to keep up the work which has been successful so far in flattening the curve.

“We know that at this stage it’s getting very hard to stay apart. With a bank holiday weekend coming up, it will be very tempting to think that it’s ok to ‘bend the rules’. Unfortunately, the risk of catching COVID-19 is still high and we still need everyone’s support. Everything you have done so far has made a huge difference – but it could all be undermined so quickly. Together, we have achieved so much. Now it’s up to each of us to keep that up that work.”

The frontline workers praised the people of Kerry for the way in which they have faced COVID-19 as a community, and asked them to continue to work together and support each other in these difficult times.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelleher added his voice to the appeal to everyone to stay home, particularly over the coming bank holiday weekend.

“So much has already been achieved in flattening the curve and limiting the spread of the Coronavirus. The sacrifices so far have contributed towards the national effort to stop this dreadful disease. I am appealing to people in Kerry to continue to stay home, particularly over the long weekend. There can be no room for complacency. The short-term pain will be worth the long-term gain. I send every good wish to the frontline workers in the HSE and across the public sector as the fight against COVID-19 continues,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn advised that many checkpoints will be in place in the coming days.

“Operation Fanacht will once again see an extensive network of checkpoints established across the country until Monday night. The operation will see large-scale checkpoints on both main and secondary routes and in towns and villages. This will support travel restrictions put in place to help flatten the curve and save lives. There has been great compliance with the travel restrictions and we want to thank the public for this. The appreciation that has been shown to us frontline workers is outstanding and again I would like to thank you all. However, it remains vital that you continue to play your part and stay at home if possible - this will continue to save lives,” he said.

Kerry is known for its community spirit, and that spirit has been to the fore during the COVID-19 crisis, and Community Work Manager with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Hilary Scanlan thanked the community and voluntary sector across Kerry for their swift and generous response.

“The 32 Community Meals Services are delivering good quality nutritious hot meals five and six days a week in urban areas and three and four days a week in the rural areas.

Volunteers are supported by the GAA and Gardai to deliver meals, as well as groceries, fuel and prescriptions, there is hardly a mile of the county that is not covered,” she said.

  • The Kerry Community Response Forum phone line is on 1800 807 009 and runs seven days a week, 8am to 8pm. You can also text “SUPPORT” followed by your name to 50555 or email
  • For video supports on how to manage with the emotional impact of COVID-19, see or search for “Cork Kerry Community Healthcare” on YouTube.



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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]




By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]




Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place


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