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Call for extremely dangerous junction to be urgently addressed

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A Kerry County Councillor has called on Kerry County Council and the Department of Transport to address as a matter of priority the extremely dangerous Junction at Tullig Beg, Killorglin on the main Killorglin to Cromane road "before someone is killed or seriously injured".

Councillor Michael Cahill raised the matter at a recent meeting of the Council where he stated that this junction was one of the most dangerous in the county.

Speaking at the recent meeting, the Fianna Fáil Councillor said that the Cromane/Killorglin road was very busy and serviced a populated area. Large articulated lorries, contracted to bring mussels and oysters to France and Holland, also travel the road on a regular basis, he explained.

"I have raised this Death Trap 4 Cross Road Junction on numerous occasions over the years and I am now pleading with you to address the situation before someone is seriously injured or a life is lost," Cllr Councillor told the Council meeting. "I am aware of numerous accidents having occurred at this location over the years and this is a major health and safety issue that requires immediate attention."

Senior Roads Engineer Padraic Teahan gave the following response at the meeting.

"Improvement works at the junction of the L4033 and the L7506 local roads at Tulligbeg may be considered for funding under the Department of Transport’s Safety Improvement Works Grant for Regional and Local roads. This grant is primarily targeted at locations on the public road network that have a history of road traffic accidents. Therefore, data on the Road Safety Authority’s website indicating that there have been minor, serious or fatal accidents recorded on this section of Local Primary Road would be required to support an application to the Department for funding."

Following Councillor Cahill's proposal, it was agreed to make an application to the Department of Transport under the Safety Improvement Works Scheme for Regional and Local roads.

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The tax you’re really paying for your health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?” In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word. We have it, and we use it, and, […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?”

In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word.

We have it, and we use it, and, of course we pay for it. We justify the constant ratcheting-up of our tax burden to pay for rising health-care costs. That tax is on our wallets.

We also pay another type of tax: When we’re unhealthy, we don’t get to do the things we like. When we’re overweight, we don’t always say “YES!” when our kids ask to go to the swimming pool.
When we’re unfit, we don’t take our buddy’s invitation for a weekend hiking and camping trip. We can’t start jogging because our knees hurt; can’t lift weights because our back hurts; can’t cut down calories because we feel we need the energy.

Those things are taxes. Physical taxes, but they’re not the worst taxes we pay.

The worst tax we pay is the mental tax.

When we’re self-conscious about our fitness or health, we don’t want to start exercising. We don’t want to look dumb or fail.

We don’t want to start a new lifestyle because our families will say “good for you”, because they know we need it, or they’ll say “you don’t need that …” and lie. Or they’ll roll their eyes because they know we’ve failed before.

When we’ve been away from the gym for four months, we don’t want to do that first workout because we’re going to be last. It’s going to suck and we might get embarrassed.

SELF IMPOSED TAX

The Government makes us pay financial tax, but the other two – physical and mental – are self-imposed.

No one cares if you’re slow.

No one cares if you finish last.

No one cares if you blow your nutrition this week and have to start all over again.

You’d stop caring about what others thought about you if you realised how rarely they actually do.

Everyone thinks about themselves, mostly. That’s the tax they’re paying – and most of us overpay.

We’re taxed enough. Stop worrying about what you look like and start caring about what makes you feel good.

If you’d like to start taking steps in the right direction with your health and fitness, call in for a free consultation with us at Activate. Visit www.activate.ie/free-intro for more information.

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Tractor run raises €500 for charity

By Sean Moriarty Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019. 30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980. Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019.

30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980.

Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ on Lewis Road, the convoy travelled to the communications mast near Coolick in Kilcummin, where participants enjoyed views of the wider Castleisland district and Killarney Valley.

“Some of the drivers were never up there before and they were amazed with the views across the two valleys,” organiser Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser.

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