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Welcome for residents and staff at opening of Deer Lodge in Killarney today

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TODAY saw residents move into Deer Lodge Mental Health facility on St Margaret’s Road. The opening of the state-of-the-art centre is to be celebrated by the entire community, said the head of Mental Health Services at Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Sinead Glennon.

Ms Glennon described today as “a very significant day for mental health services in Kerry”. “All of Kerry can be very proud of this fantastic €13 million facility, and of the very high level of care which will be provided there,” she said.

In particular, this is an important day for the people who have now moved out of the outdated and “entirely unsuitable” O’Connor Unit, Ms Glennon added. “Thanks to the investment in Deer Lodge, we can now offer improved services and therapeutic intervention in rehabilitative and older persons’ mental health,” she said.

The management of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare paid tribute to the contribution and commitment of all staff involved in the project, from the design stage to completion. “This new facility will transform the lives of the many residents who will use the 40-bed facility in the years ahead,” said Ms Glennon. “Many of the residents and staff at Deer Lodge put a lot of work into the planning process around this opening. I’d like to thank them for their hard work and dedication.”

The mental health recovery unit for adults and older people has been built to a very high standard, and will provide a much-improved environment for the residents, their families and the staff working with them, according to the HSE.

The building is in four “households”, all connected through a central module that features a communal area, therapy areas, entrance, foyer, prayer room and other facilities including a hair salon. Each household has access to an internal landscaped garden area, and each resident has their own bedroom with en-suite facilities. “Care at Deer Lodge will be provided with the aim of ensuring that residents have maximum involvement in their own recovery process and can move towards more independent living,” stated the HSE. “A community based recovery team will work with Deer Lodge residents as part of the individual care planning process.”

The HSE noted that this facility will provide “the footprint” on which future service delivery is shaped and enable the delivery of a safe, effective, quality service in a therapeutic environment for both staff and service users. “The opening of Deer Lodge means that there is an overall increase of eight beds in Mental Health Services in Kerry and those eight beds come with a corresponding increase in staff numbers of 28.5,” stated the HSE.

“The staffing level and model has been endorsed by the Labour Relations Court and is in place in a similar facility in Clonmel. Additional funding of €1.15 million has been allocated for staffing to ensure the safe transfer of residents.”

 


 
Above: Deer Lodge staff members Juliette Brosnan, Declan Cronin, Michael O’Leary, David O’Riordan, Mary Lyons, Adrian Morrissey, Anne O’Connor, Aidan Murphy, Cathy O’Sullivan, Mary O’Mahony, Dr Darra Phelan, Louise Fitzgerald, Gerardine Lyne, Ann Mccarthy, Anne Maria Culloty, Noreen O’Sullivan, Christine Carroll, Sheila McCasrthy and Eric Crowe pictured ready to welcome residents to the €13 million Deer Lodge Mental Health facility on St Margaret’s Road, Killarney, on Tuesday. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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