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Drive-in circus to visit Killarney

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BACK ON THE ROAD: Stephen Courtney, his wife Teresa and baby Cora are bringing their drive-in circus to Killarney.

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney is going to be one of the first stops as one of Ireland’s oldest circus returns to national touring this week.

Circus Vegas, which has been stranded in Tralee since the start of the national shutdown in March, will resume touring this week after staging several drive-in performances in the county town over the last week.

This week, Circus Vegas, which is operated by a branch of the Courtney Family, one of Ireland’s longest-serving circus families, will visit Listowel ahead of a three-day visit to Killarney between August 7 and 9.

Stephen Courtney, who is a third generation circus performer and artist, said he and his staff were overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Kerry after their unexpected and extended stay in the county.

He also said that the current tour through the county is a way of saying thank you to the people of Kerry and that he does not expect or intend make a profit from it.

“We travel all over Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany. I have never seen anything like it. You won’t beat the people of Kerry anywhere in the world," he told the Killarney Advertiser.

"They came every day, some just to say hello and to see are we alright, they baked cakes for us, dropped off a pint of milk. The response to our drive-in has been great, it is not about making money, this is about getting the show back on the road."

An exact venue for the Killarney performances has yet to identified. It was hoped that the circus would take place in a field off the Muckross Road, but recent heavy rainfall may force a re-think on that site.

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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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