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Ethan’s holistic fitness approach proves popular

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By Michelle Crean

Taking a holistic approach and focusing on what the person can do is the core belief of one local fitness expert which has helped his business take off since setting up.

Ethan Mc Grath runs The Sequel Way which offers a variety of services surrounding exercise health well-being and nutrition.

Ethan, from Kilcummin, graduated from Health & Leisure, specialising in Adapted Physical Activity, coaching people with chronic illness, disease and disability.

After graduating, he did a three-month course for start-up business ideas through Enterprise Ireland and decided to stick with pursuing his dream of running his own business.

After running fitness classes here and there he decided to take a leap of faith in the summer of 2021 and rent the Centre for Smart Ageing in Farranfore.

The businesses' main aim is to promote inclusion throughout its services by offering a class or programme to suit all ages and fitness levels.

"We have a large variety of clients ranging from pre-teens/teens, athletes, people with disabilities, recovering from injuries right up to senior citizens and people simply looking to improve overall health and well-being and improve knowledge with nutrition," Ethan told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We currently have over 28 classes running weekly which are fully inclusive and include people with a variety of fitness and health goals. If you're someone who feels that they aren’t able for a class or are nervous, each class will be adapted and tailored to your needs. We have very fit people in the classes along with people who are recovering from injuries and people who are just starting out on their journeys."

One shoe doesn't fit all

He added that a major issue in the industry today is the “one shoes fits all” approach to classes and coaching.

"I wanted to do something different by taking a holistic approach, focusing on what the person can do, not what they can’t do. We run several low impact classes too such as Flexymo and positive ageing which many clients do if they are starting out in their journey, or they have limited mobility/flexibility. The low impact classes create a foundation for many of my clients to progress to some of the more intense classes. I have worked with clients in the past on a one-to-one basis from teens to adults with and without disabilities who would have eventually progressed to these classes.

"At The Sequel Way I am committed to providing a service/ programme for everyone and I hope to continue to build over the coming years by increasing the number of classes and personal training packages available to clients. Our most popular programme at the moment is the Premium Personal training package which is very specific to the person's goals surrounding exercise, health, well-being and nutrition. Clients get unlimited access to classes along with two personal training sessions a week, access to our App along with weekly weigh-ins, support and nutritional guidance."

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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