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Gaelic footballers can learn from Goodyear Tyres 

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

In the early 1980s, Goodyear tyres were responsible for fitting tyres to a few high-performance cars, mostly, the Chevrolet Corvette.

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The tyre’s roots were based on Formula One racing - the elite of the elite in racing car performance. The tyre’s design was very different from most passenger car tyres and it was an overnight victory with devotees of performance cars. The tyre featured a low profile side wall, large tread blocks for good dry traction grip, a very stiff sidewall and a nylon cap over the steel belts to hold the tyre together at high speeds. The tyre received a unique sidewall rating and it was designated with a 'V' which meant the tyre had been safely tested in the laboratory to stay together at speeds as high as 149mph. This is the first time the high-performance tyre was made in America.

This tyre was an instant hit even though it was costly - even by today’s standards. It was not uncommon for them to cost over $200 each when generic, average tyres weren’t ever more than $50 each. Since then, however, the high-performance tyre has made its way onto almost every modern car. This is because automobile manufacturers found that high-performance tyres helped cars handle better, corner better, stop better, steer better, were safer and worked well with anti-lock brake technology. During this time tyre manufacturers began to produce a multitude of intermediate high-performance tyres known as “touring” tyres which were designed to accede to high-performance demands and lessen ride and wear issues. Within a few years, there was an entire list of high-performance tyre categories which include ultra-high performance, performance, touring, cosmetic performance, touring performance, etc. As technology advanced, automobile manufacturers began to equip nearly everything with a performance tyre - even on work vans - because of one simple reason: they help sell cars because they are attractive and because of the benefits they add to the steering and braking of the car.

In the same way performance tyres slowly made their way from F1 performance cars to the everyday driver, strength and conditioning has made its way down from Olympians and elite athletes to the amateur and emerging athlete. More than ever before, young, emerging and amateur athletes are buying into the idea of a high-performance training programme, even if they aren’t yet at an elite level of competition. Over time, emerging athletes realised that:

“What got me here, won’t get me there”

This fundamental shift in thinking has meant that a choice and habit - to take strength and conditioning training seriously - that used to be exclusive to Olympians and elite athletes, is now becoming the norm.

For you as an athlete, that means that your competition is getting better too. They are running faster, feeling stronger, and expressing more power when they throw, shoot, kick, run and jump. If you aren’t taking your gym training seriously, it’s the equivalent of riding on bald tyres… it’s only a matter of time before you crash.

So, no matter what type of athlete you are - there is almost always a place for a quality strength and conditioning programme to keep you injury-free, feeling strong and demonstrating power and athleticism.

You could always ignore the warning signs - but ignore them long enough, and your dreams will be stopped dead in their tracks when you’ve run out of tread and crashed on the side of the road.

Activate’s annual pre-season programme is about to get underway and starts in the coming weeks. If you are an athlete and are looking to improve over the winter, this is the programme for you. It's designed by a master in S&C, a qualified coach who has also competed at high level themselves. It is overseen by a masters qualified S&C coach who has over 15 years experience in the field and who has worked in professional sports.

To find out more visit our website www.activate.ie or email us at hello@activate.ie.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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