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Bernie provides fitness expertise at The Brehon

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Bernie Breen putting gym member Jacqueline O'Connor through her paces at the new Brehon Fitness Suite.

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Bernie Breen

KERRY footballer and fitness fanatic Bernie Breen will offer her expertise to people looking for a new fitter 2016 as part of the new Brehon Fitness Membership launched recently.
The Brehon Fitness Membership package includes access to the state-of-the-art Brehon Fitness Suite, unlimited use of the plush Vitality Suite at The Angsana Spa, two personal training sessions with Bernie and a personalised fitness and nutrition programme which will be reviewed by Bernie once every six weeks in order to track your progress. And the support and advice doesn’t stop there, Bernie will also be available for additional training and one-to-one sessions as well as weekly weigh ins and body fat analysis.
“I’ve been interested in sports from a very young age. My experience has shown me that nutrition and gym work together and are both key to achieving lasting results,” says Bernie. “The Brehon Fitness Membership is ideal for anyone starting out on the road to fitness, I will be there to help and guide you in a friendly and encouraging environment.”
After a good workout you can enjoy the rewards of relaxation time in the Vitality Suite which has a vitality pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
Bernie has numerous fitness accreditations to her name and has been a member of the Kerry Ladies Senior Football Team for a number of years. Her enthusiasm and leadership qualities certainly come in to play on the pitch as she has captained the team for four of those seasons. She was also named the Munster’s Ladies Player of the Year for 2015.
The Brehon Fitness Membership costs €60 per month and also includes discounts on Angsana Spa treatments, discounts on dining in both The Brehon Bar and Danú Restaurant and preferred room rates at The Brehon. To celebrate the launch new members will also receive a free Back Massage at The Angsana Spa.
For further information phone 064-6623980 or email fiona.collins@thebrehon.com

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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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By Michelle Crean

A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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