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Walk-in vaccinations available in Killarney centre

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People who have yet to receive their first vaccine dose can do so via a walk-in clinic in Killarney this weekend.

Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre, as well as the Kerry Sports Academy, Tralee, is offering the vaccine without appointment to anyone aged 18 and over.

Walk-ins can attend the Killarney centre this coming Saturday (July 31), or the Tralee centre on Tuesday, August 3, from 11am to 3pm.

The clinics on both days will be offering first doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. Second doses will not be available, and these walk-in clinics are only open to people who have not already received any dose of a vaccine.

Michael Fitzgerald, Chief Officer Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said that staff at the centre have already offered appointments by text to anyone from the area who registered online at hse.ie.

“This is an opportunity for anyone in Kerry who may have missed an appointment to get their first vaccination," he said. 

"It will also allow anyone who has not registered online yet to get their first dose. Given the wide geographic area that we cover, we are pleased to be able to offer this additional opportunity to the local population aged 18 and over to get their first dose.”

Anyone who wishes to receive a vaccine at the clinics must:

- Be aged 18 or over
- Be attending for their first dose, as it will not be possible to administer second doses
- Bring photographic ID
- Bring their PPS number

“You will not be able to receive a vaccine without photo ID and your PPS number," Mr Fitzgerald continued. "We need your PPS number to register you on the system so that you are called for your second dose when it’s due. We are extremely proud of the progression made by our staff in vaccinating the people of Kerry."

Peggy Horan, Project Lead Vaccination Centres said that the staff at Tralee and Killarney have worked hard to make sure that anyone registered online aged 18 or over has been offered an appointment.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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