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Digital hub plans to bring people back to South Kerry

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Sneem Digital Hub manager Aidan Murray with Mayor of Kerry Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen.

 

Sneem Digital Hub is now reverting attention back to the core aim of bringing people back to South Kerry to work remotely.

After an exceptionally busy summer with people co-working from the hub and having to turn people away due to COVID capacity restrictions, the hub is now ready for workers to return.

With one family having moved to the area, and a further four currently exploring the opportunity, it is evident that COVID-19 enforced remote working has led to many people realising that they can work and live wherever they would like without any negative impact to their current career or business goals.

"It's great to see the Sneem Digital Hub getting off to such a strong start, obviously COVID-19 social distancing would have limited numbers, however they have had an exceptionally busy couple of months,” manager Aidan Murray said.

I'm sure that even in the winter the Digital Hub in Sneem could be relatively, busy. It's great to see such hubs throughout Kerry giving people in rural areas options of alternative working arrangements, it also enables people to move to places like Sneem and continue their work from digital hubs. In the last few years it was great to see the Government and Kerry County Council assist the local hard working committee in helping get the digital hub up and running.”

County Mayor Patrick Connor-Scarteen paid a surprise visit to the hub last week.

“When someone moves from the likes of Dublin to somewhere like Sneem, they are eliminating traffic congestion and commutes, surrounding themselves in beautiful scenery, availing of a much healthier and safer lifestyle,” Patrick Connor-Scarteen told the Killarney Advertiser. “They become part of a vibrant and inclusive community, getting far more focused attention on their child’s education and development with lower pupil-teacher ratios. Added to that they are ensuring a lot more money in their pockets.”

Both the mayor and the hub manager believe that moving to South Kerry could have financial advantages for individuals too.
“They were paying €2,200 per month for a two-bed apartment in Dublin and could have moved to a six-bed house overlooking the sea in Sneem for €700. Together we calculated that the savings in rent would be the equivalent of a €36,000 pay rise for them, taking tax into account. The benefits of such a move are innumerable,” Mr Murray added.

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Can you talk your way to fitness?

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.

If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.

What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.

People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.

However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.

Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).

ACCOUNTABILITY

For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.

If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.

It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.

So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.

To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.

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Former footballer to launch new book

By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.

The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.

In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.

His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.

“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.

O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.

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