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David’s visit a highlight of the school year!

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By Michelle Crean

Staff and pupils were delighted to welcome a special guest to their school earlier this week and the appearance coincided with a visit of little ducklings!

VISIT: David Clifford with Emily and Ronan O’Connor and their ducklings as Community Games Gold medalist Eoin Foley plays music (left) during a visit to Kilcummin NS earlier this week.

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Kilcummin NS were thrilled to welcome Senior Kerry footballer David Clifford and the Fossa man was kept on his toes, and looked very comfortable holding David the Duckling!

David congratulated all of our Community Games participants and county winners, Eoin Foley from Fourth Class wo got a gold medal for music, First Class pupil Mia Lynch O’Doherty who got a bronze medal for art, and Junior Infant Fionn O’Donoghue who received a silver medal for art. David was also delighted to finally meet Fionn, who drew a picture for him late last year!

"Eoin Foley treated the school to an outdoor concert," Principal Gillian Sheehan told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Eoin’s classmate Daragh Keane, Peter Keane’s nephew, led his class as they sang 'Amhrán na bhFiann' to mark David’s visit and the successes of our students. We were delighted to be able to celebrate these magnificent wins with the Kerry superstar! David had a very busy schedule as he presented medals to our Junior Infants who held their Sports Day at Kilcummin GAA pitch last Friday. A huge thanks to David for being so generous with his time. It was one of the highlights of our school year!"

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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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