Limerick link bus ready for road

Kerry Cancer support bus service to Limerick is good to go

Tadhg Evans

Kerry Cancer Support Group's Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus has, throughout this decade, won acclaim for transporting patients from throughout the county and beyond to the treatment they need in Cork city.

But following a successful pilot over the past year, its 'Limerick Route' to University Hospital Limerick had its official launch in the Treaty city in recent days.

The free service runs five days a week, leaving St Brendan's Church, Tralee, at 8am on weekday mornings, ferrying passengers to University Hospital Limerick's Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre for around 10.20am.

In between, it serves Abbeydorney, Ballyduff, Lisselton, Listowel, Tarbert, Glin, Loughill, Foynes, and Askeaton.

The group recently purchased a new bus to serve the route, which it is hoped will operate on a similar basis to the now long-established Kerry-Cork route.

"The new bus is an eight-seater, which was funded by CLÁR and funding we've raised," Breda Dyland of Kerry Cancer Support told The Kerryman. “The pilot began last June [2018] and was very well received by both the hospital and service users.

"It's a free service, and the route was chosen following a lot of research, and targets areas that might not be well-served by public transport. The hospital has been very helpful facilitating block-bookings."

Ms Dyland also said at the launch that she was excited at the prospect, and was grateful for the cooperation they received from the Mid-Western Centre.

With incidence of cancer set to affect one in two people in the near future, providing further services is of paramount importance.

"We know from our Cork service that we can provide what our users need on a daily basis," she said.

"After consulting with our members, our trustees and the Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre, we are now taking this important step forward."

Information is available at www.kerrycancersupport.com/timetable.html and you can make queries to (066) 719 5560.

Kerryman

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