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Be a tourist for the day with free entry to Kerry’s visitor attractions

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FREE ENTRY: Kerry Bog Village Museum, Glenbeigh, is one of the various visitor attractions where there will be free entry to visitor attractions throughout Kerry on Thursday, July 30 as part of a new initiative launched this week by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF). From left: John Mulvihill (Proprietor), Michael Larkin (KTIF), Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Scarteen O’Connor, Cllr Michael Cahill, Darragh O’Sullivan (Rosspoint Bar and Restaurant, Glenbeigh) and Timmy Mulivhill (Kerry Bog Village Museum). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

 

There will be free entry to visitor attractions throughout Kerry on Thursday, July 30 as part of a new initiative launched today by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF).

 

'Kerry Tourism Day' aims to showcase the incredible selection of visitor attractions throughout the kingdom. Locals and visitors alike are invited to experience many of the county’s tourist attractions and experiences free of charge for one day.

The initiative aims to strengthen the referral economy amongst locals and communities by offering a countywide ‘open house’ of visitor attractions and tourist experiences.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, encouraged the people of Kerry to show their support for Kerry Tourism Day.

“We have a fantastic and diverse range of attractions for all ages here in Kerry," he said.

"I would encourage everyone in Kerry to consider being a tourist in their own county for the day by visiting one of our participating visitor attractions – while maintaining social distancing and adhering to public health guidelines. This is a really practical way to show your support for our local tourism industry at this challenging time.”

Participating visitor attractions include: KPR Pony Rides, The Carol Cronin Gallery, Skelligs Chocolate Factory, The Dingle Distillery, Kerry Bog Village Museum, Spirit in the Kingdom Guided Tours, Tig Bhric & West Kerry Brewery, Blennerville Windmill Visitor Centre, Dingle Darkroom, Kerry Writers’ Museum, Sidetracked Kenmare, Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse and Jail, Scanlon’s Pet Farm, Celtic Nature Walking Tours, The Ross Golf Course, Skellig Gift Store and Outdoor Heritage Gallery, Killarney Lake Tours, Muckross Traditional Farms, The Reeks Guiding Co, Wild Derrynane Seashore Nature Trail, Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park, Vincent Hyland Artist Gallery, Killarney House and Gardens, Muckross Traditional Farms, Jane Hilliard Gallery, Muckross House and Gardens and Kenmare Heritage Tours.

To view to full list of participants and avail of either free tickets, complimentary tours or bespoke events simply log onto www.DiscoverKerry.com.

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Can you talk your way to fitness?

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.

If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.

What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.

People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.

However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.

Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).

ACCOUNTABILITY

For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.

If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.

It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.

So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.

To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.

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Former footballer to launch new book

By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.

The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.

In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.

His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.

“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.

O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.

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