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Aidan O’Mahony launches National Fitness Day

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By Michelle Crean

 

Ireland Active ambassadors, Aidan O’Mahony and Sene Naoupu, were on hand at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Dublin to launch the fifth annual National Fitness Day (NFD) which takes place on September 24.

As part of the day, people across the country will get involved in a host of free healthy and fun activities in leisure centres and gyms - with schools, workplaces and exercise professionals also getting in on the action too.

Participating fitness facilities across the country will provide free activities on NFD to encourage people to be active. Schools will be participating in the ‘Take on the Teacher Challenge’, while workplaces are also invited to be active on the day via virtual classes.

Now in its fifth year, NFD allows people of all ages the chance to avail of free activities in their local community and a range of taster sessions including yoga, aqua-aerobics, exercise classes, pilates and fitness training, will be run - with social distancing in place. Ireland Active also has gym membership and equipment vouchers on offer, to be distributed to competition winners who get involved in participating leisure centres, gyms, schools and workplaces on the day.

NFD is spearheaded by Ireland Active and is supported by Sport Ireland, Healthy Ireland and the European Commission. The aim of the annual initiative is to promote the benefits of physical activity for people of all ages across Ireland while also showcasing the fantastic range of sports, facilities, and activity options available for people nationwide. This year, it once more coincides with the European Week of Sport (September 23-30) which is a Europe-wide event to promote sport and physical activity. Activities will be held indoors, outdoors and virtually, in compliance with Government protocols and social distancing guidelines. The delivery of NFD activities and resources is carried out in partnership with REPs Ireland, Cara and Swim Ireland.

“I’m thrilled to team up with Ireland Active once more this year to be part of their fifth annual National Fitness Day," Ireland Active ambassador and GAA All-Star, Aidan O’Mahony, said.

"As an ambassador for the initiative, I am delighted to help promote the importance of physical activity for people of all ages. Regular exercise is key in order to improve both our physical and mental health and to reduce stress. National Fitness Day is a superb opportunity to highlight the high-quality activities and facilities that are available for people throughout Ireland and I cannot wait to take part on the day!”

Information on the activities and participating facilities nationwide can be found on www.nationalfitnessday.ie and also across Ireland Active's social media channels.

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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