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Golf clubs could face closure after crisis

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By Sean Moriarty

Current COVID-19 imposed restrictions are having mixed effects on golf clubs all over the county.

Both Killorglin and Castleisland Golf Clubs face an uncertain future. Both have ceased trading with one member of the Killorglin club describing the current restrictions as the “final nail in the coffin”.

“The restrictions came after four weekends of storms where we had nobody out playing golf in February so we had no money coming in,” Killorglin member Mike Ashe told the Killarney Advertiser.

Efforts are going on in the background to save both clubs but the current crisis is not helping matters.

Killorglin Golf Club was founded in 1992, with an 18-hole, par 72 parkland course designed by Eddie Hackett, a renowned Irish golf architect. It is popular with locals and tourists both for the quality of the course and for the stunning views it offers of Dingle Bay and the MacGillicuddy’s Reeks.

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club remains optimistic that its season can get back on track and is reporting an increase in enquiries from former members of both the Killorglin and Castleisland clubs.

“Since Killorglin Golf Club and Castleisland Golf Club closed last month, we have had an increase in membership enquiries from golfers who now want to find a new club to play from,” Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marketing manager Meg Dalton told the Killarney Advertiser.

The Killarney Club will remain closed until May 5 at least.

“Like the majority of tourism and hospitality businesses here in Killarney we are expecting a loss of revenue from bookings for our 2020 golf season. However, we remain optimistic as many of our visitors are rescheduling their bookings with us either to later in 2020 or 2021," she added.

"We are also committed to maintaining the jobs of all our employees relying on the Government's financial aid scheme to assist us. Our main concern is for the well-being of our team and golf club members. As a golf club community, we are all one hundred percent onboard with the closure to minimise the health risk of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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The tax you’re really paying for your health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?” In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word. We have it, and we use it, and, […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?”

In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word.

We have it, and we use it, and, of course we pay for it. We justify the constant ratcheting-up of our tax burden to pay for rising health-care costs. That tax is on our wallets.

We also pay another type of tax: When we’re unhealthy, we don’t get to do the things we like. When we’re overweight, we don’t always say “YES!” when our kids ask to go to the swimming pool.
When we’re unfit, we don’t take our buddy’s invitation for a weekend hiking and camping trip. We can’t start jogging because our knees hurt; can’t lift weights because our back hurts; can’t cut down calories because we feel we need the energy.

Those things are taxes. Physical taxes, but they’re not the worst taxes we pay.

The worst tax we pay is the mental tax.

When we’re self-conscious about our fitness or health, we don’t want to start exercising. We don’t want to look dumb or fail.

We don’t want to start a new lifestyle because our families will say “good for you”, because they know we need it, or they’ll say “you don’t need that …” and lie. Or they’ll roll their eyes because they know we’ve failed before.

When we’ve been away from the gym for four months, we don’t want to do that first workout because we’re going to be last. It’s going to suck and we might get embarrassed.

SELF IMPOSED TAX

The Government makes us pay financial tax, but the other two – physical and mental – are self-imposed.

No one cares if you’re slow.

No one cares if you finish last.

No one cares if you blow your nutrition this week and have to start all over again.

You’d stop caring about what others thought about you if you realised how rarely they actually do.

Everyone thinks about themselves, mostly. That’s the tax they’re paying – and most of us overpay.

We’re taxed enough. Stop worrying about what you look like and start caring about what makes you feel good.

If you’d like to start taking steps in the right direction with your health and fitness, call in for a free consultation with us at Activate. Visit www.activate.ie/free-intro for more information.

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Tractor run raises €500 for charity

By Sean Moriarty Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019. 30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980. Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019.

30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980.

Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ on Lewis Road, the convoy travelled to the communications mast near Coolick in Kilcummin, where participants enjoyed views of the wider Castleisland district and Killarney Valley.

“Some of the drivers were never up there before and they were amazed with the views across the two valleys,” organiser Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser.

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