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Crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Killarney

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There is to be a no-nonsense crackdown on public disorder and anti-social behaviour arising from large groups of people congregating in certain parts of tourist hotspots Killarney at weekends.

Garda patrols are being increased on the streets and extra personnel will be assigned to monitor behaviour and to engage with the public.

Authorities in the town have advised people not to attend such open air gatherings as it is leading to law and order issues and proving to be very upsetting for residents and others.

Although people have been congregating in large groups in a number of locations, the Beech Road car park is a particular area of concern and An Garda Siochana and Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce have appealed to people to desist from gathering there, particularly at night.

Several instances of public disorder were reported in the area during recent weekend nights and it led to arrests being made.

On one night alone, a number of underage drinkers were arrested and brought to Killarney Garda Station from where their parents were contacted and informed.

Killarney Garda Superintendent, Flor Murphy, said parents and guardians have an important role to play in ensuring their children and teenagers are behaving themselves when they are not at home.

“Our message to parents is to take the necessary steps to ensure that they are not the next people we will be contacting late at night or in the early hours of the morning to tell them that their child is in Garda custody,” he said.

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Supt. Murphy also appealed to people not to supply alcohol to or purchase it for people under 18 years of age as, apart from the obvious health and safety risks involved, it is an offence to do so.

“We will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour or underage drinking and that message needs to go out loud and clear,” Supt Murphy said.

The authorities are concerned that the majority of those congregating in the open areas are younger people, most of whom have still to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations, and they are the most at risk group from the surge in the Delta variant.

“People must take individual responsibility and they must act and behave in a proper manner,” he stated.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has stressed the need for public health guidelines to be adhered to and pointed out that the Safe Streets programme implemented by Kerry County Council is designed for that purpose.

“There are areas specifically designated for socialising and, to ensure people are kept safe, these plans must be respected,” said Chamber President Niall Kelleher.

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Kerry County Council has put in place a detailed operational plan to manage various issues like outdoor dining, litter management and extended opening hours for public conveniences and the local authority has enforcement officers on duty, outside of normal working hours, to ensure that public safety regulations are adhered to.

“Everybody in Killarney has worked hard to build the town’s deserved reputation as a safe, pleasant and welcoming place to visit and we must ensure that our night-time economy is every bit as attractive and appealing as Killarney’s natural attractions are during daylight hours,” the Chamber President said.
“Killarney worked tirelessly to secure its Purple Flag status which rewards excellence in managing the night-time economy in terms of safety, vibrancy and diversity and we will do everything possible to protect that status,” he added.

An inter-agency communication and cooperation policy has been put in place in the town with regular meetings between representatives of An Garda Siochana, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, the Mayor of Killarney, Kerry County Council, Killarney Vintners and the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotels Federation.

The meetings are designed to ensure that all stakeholders are communicating regularly to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer.

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How to boost your immune system with nutrition

By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability. While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, […]

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By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness

The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability.

While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, there are ways to keep your immune system strong so that you are better prepared to fight off infections and heal quickly.

As long as your immune system is running smoothly, you don’t notice that it’s there, but if it stops working properly – because it’s weak or can’t fight particularly aggressive germs – you get ill.

Without an immune system, we would have no way to fight harmful things that enter our body from the outside or harmful changes that occur inside our body. Here are five ways to ensure you support a good immune system coming into the wintery months:

1. Eat More Vegetables

While all vegetables have health benefits, some pack a more powerful immune-boosting punch than others. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables are rich in fibre, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), which helps regulate the immune system and protect against infections.

2. Eat Balanced Meals

Include all macronutrients in your meals. Protein is particularly important for healing and recovery. Protein sources include leaner sources of meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, milk, beans, soy, nuts and seeds. These foods are also good sources of zinc, a mineral that promotes healthy immune function and aids in wound healing. Healthy fats are also essential to support our immune health. Try to include a variety of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in your daily diet. These are found in avocados, fatty fish, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. These foods provide good fats but are also rich in phytonutrients and fat-soluble vitamins. For example, a small handful of nuts such as almonds is a great source of vitamin E. Wild-caught salmon is one of the only foods naturally rich in vitamin D. Fatty fish are also rich in essential fats called omega-3s, which are known for their multiple health benefits.

3. Regular Exercise

Exercise is one of the main aspects that support a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise promotes cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and offers protection against a variety of diseases. And just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to a healthy immune system, improves blood circulation allowing immune system cells to move through the body more freely and do their job more effectively.

4. Good Quality Sleep

Getting enough sleep has many health benefits. The lack of sleep puts your body into ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing adrenaline and increased stress hormones into the body. Research shows that in general, adults need at least seven hours of sleep for optimal health and well-being. As we sleep our immune system works to heal and repair the body. A few tips for getting a good night’s sleep include avoiding caffeine in the evenings, turning off your screens (TV, laptop, phones, etc.) well before bedtime and sleeping in a cool, dark room.

5. Manage Your Stress

You may not often think about how stress affects your ability to fight off infection, but your state of mind can have a significant impact on your health. When you are experiencing more stress, your immunity is compromised, which puts you at a higher risk of getting sick. Managing stress may help you fight germs and infections. Stress management techniques include breath work, meditation, yoga, moderate exercise, walking etc. Having a support system of close friends and family can also help us feel connected and stay strong throughout stressful times.

Although there is no magical potion for immunity, you can take these five steps to boost your immune system which is very important as we enter the colder and darker mornings of winter. Don’t underestimate your lifestyle’s impact on your ability to help keep your immune system strong. Good nutrition, quality sleep, and managing stress can all have a significant impact on your health. If you need help with your nutrition, send us an email at nutrition@activate.ie and we will be happy to help you!

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

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​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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