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Visitors hail another superb Kerry EXPO

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Organisers have thanked the 140 businesses, institutes and organisations from all over Kerry who seized the opportunity to take part in the Kerry EXPO 2018, which was held in the INEC, Killarney last Sunday. The event attracted thousands of visitors the feedback from both the exhibitors and the general public was overwhelmingly positive. The diversity of businesses and the people ranged from IT and manufacturing to banking and employment agencies, from photographers and consultants to marketing and communications, not to mention health, education and retailers. In fact, businesses from A to Z were all well represented throughout the event. The success of the event is largely due to the guidance received from the steering committee, and the financial input from both sponsors and supporting partners.

Visitors and exhibitors were able to find opportunities to collaborate, discover new local businesses and check out the competitive landscape. Organisers say that the EXPO is expanding its reach and aims to become a shop window for those contemplating moving to Kerry in search of a better quality of life, higher living standards and greater career opportunities and will continue to extend its offerings year on year.

Families attending the event were treated to a whole host of free entertainment including kids workshops and music with Jack Patrick Healy and Drum Dance Ireland. Visitors eagerly gathered around galaxy heroes including R2D2, Darth Vader and Robot Ted for some excellent photo opportunities. Adults took advantage of the free health checks from the Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee and Breda McEllistrim said there was an overwhelming interest. The Taste Kerry stand provided lots of tasty cooking demos throughout the day and by late afternoon many foodies saw their products sold out. Football fans were not forgotten as they gathered to listen to the GAA Panel discussion featuring football legend Séamus Moynihan.

Meanwhile Astellas, who are based in Killorglin, announced Caherleaheen NS, Tralee as the winner of their Lab Junior Science Challenge competition. The school named the scientist, “Professor Pro Graft”. Enda Sheehan (4th class) was the lucky winner of the €50 prize and will become Astellas’ 2018 Mascot. Other lucky winners included Blair House Farm who won the EXPO award for Most Interactive Exhibitor, while Busy Botanists were the winners of the EXPO’s Best Marketing Award. Bon Secours Hospital were voted by the public as Favourite Stand and Skellig Soaps won the EXPO’s Best Presented Stand.

Organisers say that over half the exhibitors have already signed up for the 2019 EXPO and they look forward to working together to serve the business community and create wealth and opportunities in the Kerry region.

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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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