TRAGIC: Mariusz Kryszak, who died when struck by a car while cycling on the Gap of Dunloe Road near Beaufort, on Sunday morning.
“We’re doing everything we can to get him home to Poland”
By Michelle Crean
Killarney hotel staff, who are still shocked at the tragic death of their friend and work colleague killed whilst cycling to work on Sunday, have vowed to raise funds to get him home to his native Poland.
A GoFundMe page was set up for 45-year-old Mariusz Kryszak, who died at approximately 8am when struck by a car while cycling on the Gap of Dunloe Road near Beaufort.
The Polish native, who had been on his way to work at the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Garda forensic collision investigators and scenes of crime officers examined the crash site and the road was closed for a number of hours with local diversions in place. The driver of the car was uninjured and Killarney Gardaí are continuing to appeal for witnesses.
General Manager of the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Jason Clifford, said that staff at the hotel are still shocked as they try to come to terms with the devastating news.
On Wednesday, a GoFundMe page: Mariusz Kryszak Memorial Fundwas set up, and in less that 24 hours raised almost €8,000, with over 150 donations and 164 Facebook shares.
The funds will be used to help his daughter Sandra and the Kryszak family repatriate their loved one back to Poland.
“We’re doing everything we can to get him home to Poland,” Jason Clifford told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).
Mariusz worked in the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens for the past 15 years, starting out as a kitchen porter before changing department to front of house. He was also a well-loved member of staff in the Europe Hotel where he worked in the spa and concierge when the Dunloe was closed during the off season.
“Everybody is devastated here at the hotel and in the Europe Hotel,” Jason said. “He was a big part of our work family here at the Dunloe. He was more of a friend than a work colleague.”
Jason added that Mariusz liked being front of house as he had a special way with people especially on a personal level.
“He was wonderful with customers. He always made time for everybody and gave people his full attention. Everybody was fond of Mariusz because of his personality. He’ll be truly missed by his work colleagues and friends. Our thoughts are with his family.”
To donate go to www.gofundme.com/f/mariusz-kryszak-memorial-fund.
Are you getting enough sleep?
By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]
By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness
We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.
Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.
In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.
Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?
So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.
Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:
It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.
Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.
Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.
Brain dump for the next day:
Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.
Set out your clothes the evening before:
This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.
Cool, dark and quiet:
When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.
Buy an alarm clock:
This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!
Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.
Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”
By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]
By Sean Moriarty
Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.
The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.
However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.
The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.
Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.
“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.
“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”
However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.
“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”
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