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Council welcomes Judicial Review for “hugely important” project

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The decision by the High Court to dismiss two Judicial Reviews against the South Kerry Greenway project, has been welcomed by Kerry County Council.

The proposed 32km Greenway between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen has the potential to become one of Kerry’s most significant tourism projects, according to Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney.

“The South Kerry Greenway is hugely important for the continued development of tourism in Kerry, not just for the economy of South Kerry but for the whole of the county,” Cllr Moloney said. 

“This is an iconic project, which has fantastic potential to become a landmark tourist attraction, and with the current development of the North Kerry Greenway and the Tralee-Fenit Greenway, an excellent network of cycling and walking routes for visitors and locals around Kerry is being developed.”

Kerry County Council is currently examining the judgement of the court with a view to assessing its next steps in the project.

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The South Kerry Greenway Project is a proposed initiative to create a cycle way from Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen on the Ring of Kerry. The Greenway Project, once implemented, will be a driver of awareness, tourism, jobs, economic growth and environmental sustainability for the area. The initiative is supported by local TDs and councillors representing the area, numerous businesses who trade in the area, and local people of South Kerry.

Cllrs Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen and Michael Cahill also welcomed the news.

"I welcome the High Court Judgement on the Judicial Review proceedings taken regarding the South Kerry Greenway, which effectively dismissed both proceedings taken against the Greenway," Cllr Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen added. "I look forward to reading the 20 page decision in more detail. There are still further proceedings, however the main judgement brings a great sense of relief and is a huge step forward in the process to deliver what could possibly be one of the best greenways in the world and a huge boost to South Kerry's economic and social fabric. As a local Councillor since the start of the process for a greenway and Mayor of Kerry for 2020/2021 the advancement of the South Kerry Greenway has been one of my main priorities and we need to do everything possible to get it in place as soon as possible."

Fianna Fáil Councillor, Michael Cahill added his congratulations to all involved.

“This is a win win for all involved including business and land owners and especially for our children and our children’s children for generations to come," he said. "South Kerry has now got its gamechanger, its lifeline.”

He added that this is "a massive boost for the entire county, especially for Caherciveen and the Iveragh Peninsula". 

“On the completion of the construction of The South Kerry Greenway, I have no doubt but that the people of Kerry will make this the greatest tourism project in all of Ireland and in a short time we will wonder how we survived before it came. I will continue to call for all works necessary to be put in place during construction, adequate accommodation works and compensation for all landowners and to ensure the continued smooth running of existing businesses, including farms, etc., all along the route of The South Kerry Greenway.” 

The task now he added is to help and encourage suitable new enterprises to be set up, whereby decent employment can be created and successful businesses can be born.

“These, at last, are going to be exciting times in South Kerry, as we dare to exit the shadow of COVID-19 and hopefully look to a much brighter future without further delay.” 

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New free local fitness group to motivate people back to health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness  Our mission at Activate is to extend and enhance the lifespan of 7,000 people in Killarney which is why we have set up a […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness
 

Our mission at Activate is to extend and enhance the lifespan of 7,000 people in Killarney which is why we have set up a free health and fitness group. 

Our primary vehicle is our gym but we do a lot of other stuff, too, like:

* Train kids how to exercise in schools
* Helping frontline workers with their mindset
* Supporting local fitness events and teams
* Running fun social events in the community
* Raise funds for local charities

We’ve won awards for this stuff, but the real reward is moving the Killarney community back towards health. So today, I’m thrilled to share a free Facebook group: ‘Fitness, Nutrition & Health in Killarney’ with you.
Visit this link to join: www.facebook.com/groups/fitnessinkillarney.

In that group, we’ll share helpful posts, tips, and support for everyone, whether you exercise at Activate or not. We’re also welcoming other health and fitness practitioners to join the group and help people find valuable and sensible advice around health and fitness.

When you join, Facebook will ask you a few questions, then my team will be around to support you and give you stuff to help.

If you have questions about fitness, health, longevity, nutrition, or exercise, go ahead and ask! If you have answers, please share! Let’s get some positive momentum going in Killarney!

What’s the deal with motivation?

I was having a discussion with a new client the other day and it came up that they sometimes feel a lack of motivation to keep working out. I know many of you feel like this sometimes, so I thought I would write about it today.

I really believe in discipline, as motivation is fleeting – but we’ll address this anyway. There are a few things that you can do to fool-proof the system. Here’s five ways.

1. Find an accountability partner:

When it comes to working out, having someone to hold you accountable can be a huge motivator. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or even a fitness coach, knowing that someone is counting on you to show up for your workout can help you stay on track.

2. Set realistic goals:

Setting goals is a great way to stay motivated, but it’s important to make sure they are realistic. If your goal is too lofty, you may find yourself getting discouraged when you don’t see results as quickly as you’d like. However, if your goals are achievable and realistic, you’ll be more likely to stick with your workout plan and see the results you want.

3. Find a workout routine you enjoy:

If you dread your workouts, it’s going to be very difficult to stay motivated. However, if you find an exercise routine that you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. There are so many different types of workouts out there, so take some time to experiment and find one that fits your needs and interests. I feel a key facet many of us in the health and fitness industry miss regularly is making sure people are always engaged and challenged, so it remains fun to work out!

4. Reward yourself:

This one sounds a little weird, but for some, it can really work. One way to stay motivated is to reward yourself after setting a goal and reaching it. Whether it’s your favourite snack or a new piece of workout gear, treating yourself to something special can help keep you on track.

5. Get enough sleep:

This is the one thing we all hear that’s drilled into our brains – but for good reason! It’s important to get enough sleep when you’re trying to stay fit and healthy. When you’re well-rested, you’ll have more energy for your workouts and you’ll be less likely to skip them. So make sure to get plenty of rest each night!

Following these tips can help you stay motivated to workout, even when it feels like a struggle. Just remember to be patient, set realistic goals, and find an exercise routine that you enjoy. With a little effort, you can reach your fitness goals in no time!
 

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Irish food only for Lisa’s September challenge

Could you survive on a diet of food grown only in Ireland for one month – well that’s the challenge one Kerry woman has set herself. Artist and food activist […]

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Could you survive on a diet of food grown only in Ireland for one month – well that’s the challenge one Kerry woman has set herself.

Artist and food activist Lisa Fingleton plans the unusual action as she will eat only food grown in Ireland for the entire month.

That means no sugar, lemons, olive oil, or coffee with the challenge designed to highlight issues with Irish food security.

In the seven years since Lisa founded the 30-Day Local Food Challenge, food supply chains have been hit by a succession of market shocks highlighting Lisa’s concerns with increasing urgency.

From seed shortages caused by Brexit to the global market shock of COVID-19 to potential shortages caused by the ongoing war in Ukraine, to the recent conversation about the need to reduce the Irish National Herd in line with carbon emissions targets, Lisa says there has never been a more important time to talk about Irish food security.

“This year in particular in Europe we are seeing the impact of war on food and the global reliance on Ukraine as an important wheat producer,” said the former Kerry County Council Artist in Residence who lives in Ballybunion.

“This has shown us more than ever just how fragile our food systems are. We need to focus on building sustainable and resilient food systems on the island of Ireland. This year we are encouraging people to do one local meal a day so they can make it really simple and have Irish porridge for breakfast or really elaborate with a meal grown in your own garden.”

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