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GENEROUS: Businessman Paul Fitzgerald (right) making a generous donation to the Christmas in Killarney fund with Paul Sherry, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce (centre) and Barry O’Connor, Paul Fitzgerald and Son.

 

The true spirit of Christmas was very much in evidence in Killarney this week when a big-hearted local businessman made a very generous and unsolicited donation to the Christmas in Killarney festival committee.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce officials were thrilled to receive the contribution from Paul Fitzgerald of Paul Fitzgerald and Son Stone and Building Supplies who wanted to contribute to the rising cost of decorating the town for the festive season.

In the enforced absence of the colourful Santa parades this year, the committee has invested heavily in feature glass marquees to showcase some of the spectacular floats that usually take to the streets for the bumper parades.
The displays caught eye of Paul Fitzgerald and, in the true spirit of the season that’s in it, he decided to pledge his financial support.

“It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful this town looks every Christmas and I could see that a very special effort had been made this year,” said the Coolcaslagh based businessman.
“Being in business, I knew the effort of the committee would not come without expense so I felt compelled to offer what financial support I could,” he added.

Paul Sherry President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce said all involved in the Christmas in Killarney initiative were bowled over when the call came through from Paul Fitzgerald.

“Every year the business community of Killarney steps up to the mark and provides financial assistance to the festival. This year, given the difficult circumstances, we were reticent about asking our supporters to contribute but, as was alluded to at our recent AGM, we have had no choice but to seek that support,” said Mr Sherry.

Close on €25,000 has been invested in additional Christmas lights and repairs this year and a further €20,000 has been spent showcasing the floats in marquees.

Additionally, a very significant sum of money was invested by the Killarney Tidy Towns Committee to deliver the spectacular new lighting features at the top of High Street and outside the courthouse while Kerry County Council installs the town lighting every year.

“Even if the Christmas in Killarney committee was to standstill and do nothing each year, there would be a requirement to raise at least €20,000,” Paul Sherry said.

“We have gone for broke this year, despite the difficulties, and I am hopeful that, as in years past, the business community in Killarney will come to the rescue and support our efforts. The Killarney Chamber were so delighted with Paul Fitzgerald’s donation and we take the opportunity to thank him and his staff for their kind gesture,” he 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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