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Family gather for Eileen’s 90th birthday

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90TH BIRTHDAY: Eileen Flynn from Lisheenbawn, Farranfore celebrated her 90th birthday last week.

 

By Michelle Crean

It was a very special birthday for Eileen Flynn at her home last week as family members gathered to celebrate her 90th year.

Due to the current restrictions Eileen wasn't able to go out for a meal or have a party with her neighbours and friends for the momentous occasion on Friday, August 30 - but family called to her home in Lisheenbawn, Farranfore where they made a fuss of her.

She was joined by her two sons John and Jerry, her four daughters Philomena, Eileen, Martina and Ann as well as their spouses and partners. Eight of of 13 grandchildren were able to join them as well as two of her great-grandchildren. Her daughter Noreen, who lives in The Bronx in New York, joined them via a WhatsApp video call.

"She enjoyed it," her daughter Ann, who travelled down from Westmeath with her husband Keith and two sons Dean and Cody, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We had a gathering to mark it. We couldn't invite the neighbours which was sad. She was able to see Noreen on the phone and Noreen sang her 'Happy Birthday'.

Eileen was born and reared in Lixnaw and moved to Lisheenbawn after she married Joe. Sadly Joe passed away over 10 years ago.

Ann said that she was delighted with the low key affair and loved the many presents, one which was a chain with a family tree.

Ann described Eileen, who loves music from Big Tom and dancing, as loving and caring, a person you could go to with anything.

"She's calm and never panics. She'll always give you the best advice and you can ring her anytime."

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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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