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Get ‘Fit for Life’ with local community group

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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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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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