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Businesses disappointed with installation of bollards

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By Michelle Crean

The face of Killarney town experienced a dramatic change this week as bollards and footpath widening works began as part of the town's 'Safe Street's' initiative in the battle against COVID-19.

Kenmare Place looked a whole lot different with the erection of a huge number of black bollards as well as New Street and High Street which have also undergone path widening measures. It follows similar works in College Street a number of weeks ago which caused some controversy after emergency services found it difficult to get parking access as they attended to a patient who fell from a ladder - which led to an hour long traffic jam.

Yesterday (Thursday) locals and businesses on High Street and in Kenmare Place were puzzled as to why so many bollards were installed and why widening of paths occurred in certain places.

 

One local business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, labelled it a "disaster" and said "people need to park to access our business".

Denis Cronin from Cronin's Butchers told the Killarney Advertiser that as a retailer he's "all for the 'Safe Streets' plan" but is "disappointed" with the works.

"I'm very disappointed to have lost so much parking space on High Street," he said. "I'm looking forward to the day when Social Distancing will be a thing of the past and everyone of those measures will be reversed as promised."

Deirdre Browne from Murphy Browne's Restaurant also on High Street said that the works are "confusing".

"Safe streets is the most important thing at this time but it's confusing," she said. "No one came to us with a plan of what's being done. It'd be nice if we knew what was going on. It looks a bit disorganised but we're looking forward to seeing the finished product. We want it to look good and for people to feel safe and keep it convenient for shoppers."

Local councillor Donal Grady told the Killarney Advertiser that the bollards "will hunt people out of the town centre”.

The veteran councillor feels the current plans could be a covert way of introducing further pedestrianisation into the town centre without first exploring correct consultation procedures.

“This will ruin our town,” he added. “I will give it less than three weeks before the complaints start coming in.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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