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Excitement builds as Killarney gets ready to walk for Nathan

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Always one of the most eagerly anticipated mornings of the year, Nathan’s Walk, or Darkness into Light as the event is known nationally, will take place on May 6.

This will be the seventh annual Darkness into Light march in Killarney as the fundraiser continues to get bigger and more successful with each passing year.

The event is hosted by Marie and Denis O’Carroll who tragically lost their 14- year-old son Nathan to suicide in 2007. The aim is to generate much needed funds for the suicide and self-harm awareness centre Pieta House, while also raising awareness of an issue which has been all too frequently stigmatised in this country.

Darkness into Light started with approximately 400 people walking the 5km course in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 2009. This year, there will be approximately 150 venues across Ireland and worldwide.

In 2016, over 130,000 people took part in the events.

Founded in Dublin in 2006, Pieta House now has services nationwide. Pieta offers free counselling to those suffering from suicidal ideation, those who have been bereaved by suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm.

Nathan’s Walk will start at 4.15am at the Killarney Race Course and participants are invited to walk, jog, skip or run the 5km route at their own pace.

The march begins in darkness and ends as the sun comes up and there’s sure to be another massive turnout for this symbolic event.

Speaking after the official launch which took place at the Porterhouse on Tuesday, Nathan’s mother Marie said the family were excited about this year’s walk.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” she said.

“We’re hoping for another great turnout.”

She also thanked The Porterhouse for making a wonderful job of hosting the launch and Senator/founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman, Kieran Brady and Kieran O’Brien (Pieta House Limerick) for attending.

Although it will be possible to register on the day, the organisers suggest signing up online at http://dil.pieta.ie/ before April 27 to save time and to get your official Darkness into Light t-shirt.

There will also be pre-registration at the Killarney Race Course on May 3, 4 and 5 from 5-8pm.

You should also bring proof of registration (either printed or on your phone) and arrive 30 minutes before the start time.
 


 
Above: Nathan’s Walk was launched at the Porterhouse, Killarney on Tuesday. The Darkness into Light walk will take place on May 6 from Killarney Race Course. Pic: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan.

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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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