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One Killarney group plan to get locals into shape later this month with the return annual fitness programme.
Killarney Valley Athletic Club, who launched their 'Fit for Life' programme in St Brendan's College Gym recently, aim to help those seeking a healthier lifestyle to achieve their own personal fitness goals.
The programme begins on Wednesday January 23 at 7pm from the St Brendan's College Gym with existing participants and new members are invited to come along.

“The ‘Fit for Life’ group in the club and community has been on the go now for the last three years,” Jerry Griffin, from Killarney Valley AC, said.

“There are those in the group from the very beginning and have enjoyed great health and fitness since. We have a few mottos, with one of encouragement for all no matter what your level walker or jogger, that "nobody gets left behind"!
“We follow a plan of micro steps and consistency! Once a week we are your mentors and team mates.
“We believe in three months from now you will thank yourself and no matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch!”
He added that there are times when a person gets into a rut, what with diet, weight or simply having the blues.
“With a positive get up and go, a welcome to a group or your very own personal kick up the arse strategy, you can benefit enormously,” he said.
Registration takes place in the Sem Hall on Monday January 21, at 7pm, or from 6.30-7pm on Wednesday, January 23.
He added that participants must be over 18 and that you’ll become a member of Killarney Valley AC, receive a club T-shirt, mentoring and guidance, become fit and healthy as well as enjoy being part of a social group.
Walkers will be led by John O'Shea and Jean Courtney, runners/walkers will be led by Catriona Shanahan and Jerry Griffin, and after 12 weeks the group will take part in the Killarney Parkrun at Muckross Gardens.
“Complete the distance of 5k whether you run or walk and enjoy the "craic" along the way!
“Leaving the last word and famous quote to our very own Killarney Canadian Olympian
Peter Maher, you got to ask yourself – ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are going to be strong today?’,” he added.
“Regardless, we would be honoured to assist you in your own personal challenge.”

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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