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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In particular, this is an important day for the people who have now moved out of the outdated and “entirely unsuitable” O’Connor Unit, Ms Glennon added.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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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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