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WARRIORS: Ryan Dewhurst pictured with his mom Danielle O'Brien, Superintendent Flor Murphy alongside Garda Gillian Mac Eoin O'Donoghue and her daughter Ella O'Donoghue.

Miracle kids meet up almost five years later

By Michelle Crean

Two little warriors from Killarney - who battled through complicated life threatening conditions in the same Dublin hospital in 2014 - were reunited for the first time this week.
Little Ryan Dewhurst (5), son of Danielle O’Brien and Dan Dewhurst from Dromhall Park, was one of the longest ever patients in Crumlin Hospital at the time and became the poster boy for the Ronald McDonald House, after he was born with his bowels outside his body.
He underwent nine serious operations – the first at just three days old.
Little Ella O'Donoghue, who’ll be five in July is daughter of Garda Gillian Mac Eoin O'Donoghue and Paul O'Donoghue. She also underwent a serious operation - open heart surgery - at just nine weeks old.
Their moms, both from Killarney, stayed in the Ronald McDonald House at the same time and formed a friendship during one of the most stressful times of their lives.
However, last Saturday was magical for Ryan, as he not only received a police bicycle for his fifth birthday - which he celebrated on Sunday – but brought it to Killarney Garda Station to have it checked over by local Gardai.
And the smile and excitement on his face was just priceless, Gillian, who organised the day, explained.
“He just adores the Gardai and everything to do with police work, he says he’s going to go patrolling on his new bike to catch bad guys but he will be sure to always wear his helmet when doing so,” Gillian told the Killarney Advertiser.
She said it was great when Danielle got in contact last week to say that Ryan was Garda mad and wanted a road safety check on his bike.
“It was so nice for the two children to get together again this week as they hadn’t met up since. We hope in time to come Ryan can look back at the photo of his fifth birthday in the Garda uniform when he’s passing out from Templemore as a real Garda.”
Danielle added that Ryan is their little miracle as he almost died during one of his surgeries.
“We found out when I was 23 weeks pregnant that his bowels were outside his body and it came as quite a shock. He was just three days old when he had his first surgery. He’s had nine surgeries in total. During an operation at eight weeks old he flat lined. He’s our little miracle.”
Ryan is now doing well, she explained, as he had his last surgery last year and is thriving since.
“He’s tough, nothing phases him.”

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Are you getting enough sleep?

By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.

Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.

In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.

Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?

So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.

Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:

Limit caffeine:

It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.

Be active:

Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.

Unwind early:

Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.

Brain dump for the next day:

Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.

Set out your clothes the evening before:

This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.

Cool, dark and quiet:

When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.

Buy an alarm clock:

This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!

Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.

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Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”

By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.

However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.

The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.

Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.

“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.

“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”

However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.

“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”

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