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Chair exercise class planned for arthritis sufferers 




By Michelle Crean

Thousands in Kerry suffer from the debilitating condition arthritis and to help a special exercise class is planned in Killarney.

National Arthritis Week takes place next week with the theme this year 'Let's Get Physical!'

According to statistics one in five Irish people have arthritis, fibromyalgia or another related condition, representing 29,500 people out of a total population of 148,000, with 18 percent under 55 years of age, in the Kerry area.

The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland (KBAI) are now planning to pilot an initial six weeks aerobic, strength and conditioning chair exercise programme for people living with arthritis and other related conditions, Tom Barrett, chairman of KBAI, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"It will be delivered by a CORU Registered Chartered Physiotherapist on Thursday evening April 14 from 7pm to 8pm in the St John Paul ll Pastrol Centre, Rock Road, next to the Garda Station."

Inflammatory type arthritis is the most severe form of the disease affecting one percent of the population with in excess of 2,000 new diagnoses every year in Ireland. As a disease, arthritis accounts for one in three GP visits. Furthermore, approximately seven million days are lost each year due to absence and ill health attributable to musculoskeletal diseases, costing the State €300m in illness benefit.

"Arthritis is an invisible condition and patients are not walking around with tell-tale glowing red dots of where their joints or organs are affected by inflammation. They look perfectly healthy and at the same time they are suffering in silence. As there is no known cure, managing it as best one can is currently the only option available to people living with the condition."

The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland provide several specially adapted and supervised exercise programmes including hydrotherapy, aqua aerobics/aqua jogging, seated aerobic strength and conditioning, walking with Nordic and Activator Walking Poles, locally for people living with arthritis and other related conditions.

"We would like to highlight how important exercise is in the management of their condition and also highlight that help is available locally."

For more information check out The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland Facebook Page.

To book one of the limited places available please phone or text 087 6723442.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]




By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.


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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]




By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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