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Innovative new solution to keep small businesses in Kerry smiling

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Elite Event Management, the team behind Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, Quest Killarney, Quest Kenmare and Run Killarney have launched an innovative new product to keep small businesses in Kerry smiling during these difficult times.

 

This exciting social project is a gift box full of produce and crafts sourced in Kerry, packaged together beautifully and ready to order and ship to anywhere in the world.

 

The Kerry based company are usually organising sports events across the country but due to COVID-19 restrictions their business has been stopped in its tracks.

 

“Our business went from thriving and optimistic to free fall, seemingly overnight,” owner Oliver Kirwan said.

 

“Our normal work takes place in the world of sport events such as the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, Quest Kenmare, Quest Killarney and Run Killarney. We brought our team together and came upon the idea of ‘Box of Smiles’. It gives us great satisfaction that we can now work on a project that helps our own company survive through this crisis but also help other small businesses in Killarney and Kenmare such as Killarney Chocolate, Felicia Thomas Artist, Suchness Jewellery, Baborsbeans Coffee, Norman McCloskey Photography, Kenmare Soap amongst others. Each box is filled with high quality products sourced from local small businesses including coffee roasters and bakers, creatives and artisans, tea connoisseurs and candle creators. ‘Box of Smiles’ is also a wonderful way for people to keep in touch with Irish creativity in their locality, gift a loved one or express gratitude to an employee.”

 

Box of Smiles’ have seven gift boxes available to purchase online including Keep Kenmare Smiling, Keep Killarney Smiling, Keep West Cork Smiling, Keep Cork City Smiling, Keep Dublin Smiling, Keep Galway Smiling and Keep Ireland Smiling. Every box purchased will help small local businesses throughout the country maintain a revenue stream in the challenging environment they have abruptly found themselves in.

 

It is also an uncertain time for organisations and their employees with possible indefinite remote working and changes in routine and structure. ‘Box of Smiles’ are also available as branded employee care packages and are a meaningful way of maintaining links between employers and their teams whilst showing appreciation for their resolve and dedication.

 

For further information please visit www.boxofsmiles.ie or email annette@eliteevents.ie or call 0646635512.

 

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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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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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