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Fitness fever kicks in as locals light up

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By Michelle Crean

Fitness fever has hit the country as part of the ‘Ireland Lights Up’ campaign and locals were keen to get in on the act.

In both Glenflesk and Barraduff all ages came out to get involved in the GAA’s popular walk/run in association with RTÉ's Operation Transformation which returned to our screens last week, and Get Ireland Walking.

2019 was the last time it took place and now every Monday and Wednesday evening locals from both areas will be out getting fitter.

It's also a great way for people to meet up and catch up, explained Padraig O'Sullivan from Glenflesk GAA.

The country-wide initiative began on Monday night and will run for seven weeks - with an added week at the end for this local group.

Locals had the option of getting weighed in and have their blood pressure checked with local nurses Mary O'Brien and Aisling Glavin.

"We started on Monday at 6.30pm and it's split between Glenflesk GAA pitch and Barraduff Community Field," Padraig told the Killarney Advertiser.

Both locations have a track but it's mainly walkers in Glenflesk while walkers and runners go to the Barraduff track, which is also buggy friendly.

Declan O'Donoghue is also running a Couch to 5k in Barraduff.

"We are going for an extra week at the end - with a walk/run in the Clydagh Valley at the start of March, the date is yet to be confirmed."

He added that everyone is welcome to come along.

"You don't have to be a member of the GAA to take part. It's a one hour walk. Our motto is: "Bring a friend, it's not about the healthy side but it's about the social side"."

 

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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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