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A unique gym experience at Activate

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“It’s a facility where members can find something totally different that’s not available in any other gym in Killarney,” says Activate co-founder Brian Foley. “It’s fairly unique in Kerry in general as well, in terms of the space we have and the type of work we do here. We’re trying to bring a professional level of strength and conditioning coaching to the general population.

Established by Brian and his wife Róisín in 2017, Activate has quickly earned a reputation for high standards, which is no surprise considering the couple’s impressive level of experience in the field. The pair lived in Australia and New Zealand for six years where they worked in Strength & Conditioning and CrossFit and Brian, a Farranfore native, also in rugby union and Aussie rules during his time abroad.

“We’ve set up Activate the way you would any world class facility,” Brian explains. “We’ve got the gym floor and all the equipment that would come with it such as free weights and conditioning equipment. We treat recovery as important as training, we’ve got the recovery suite with a cryotherapy bath and a hot tub for contrast bathing, which is ideal if you’ve just played a football match, been on a long run or competed in a marathon. The goal is to get your body back to normal as soon as possible.”

At Activate you can also avail of the innovative NormaTec recovery boots, which are used by Premier League footballers, Aussie rules players and NFL players to aid their recovery.

“We’re trying to approach things from both sides,” Brian says. “We want to make sure that we’re making people fitter, faster and stronger but ensuring it’s done in the right way whilst also looking after their recovery needs. We offer stretching classes twice a week for flexibility work and, like everything else at Activate, they’re totally guided from start to finish.

“The minute someone walks in the door, they are more or less taken by the hand through all of their exercises. You’re never left wondering what to do, and will always be shown the correct and safe techniques on how to get fitter for the long term. We make sure the technique is spot on. It’s totally different to the traditional gym where you might come in and work away for half an hour on the treadmill and then scratch your head trying to figure out what to do next. We’ve got everything programmed for you. We are about long term health and fitness, we’ve worked with professional athletes and senior citizens alike and one thing always runs true: A healthy body is vitally important all through life, so we don’t believe in quick fixes or fads, we treat our profession very seriously.”

Brian and Róisín are hosting an open day this Saturday at 11am, which they hope will serve as a great opportunity for newcomers to check out their state of the art facility in Ballycasheen and see what Activate is all about. Special Olympics Ireland athletes will be in attendance to cut the ribbon and officially open the gym. There will be plenty of fun and games on the day as well as a few great prizes thrown in for good measure.

For more information, call 087 4030894 or visit www.activatefitness.ie

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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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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