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All are invited to put health on their shopping list in Killarney tomorrow

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At the launch of HeartBeat 'Shop for Health Day', front row, Monika Falls, HSE, Carolann Fogarty, HSE,Máire O'Leary, HSE, Noreen O'Sullivan, Killarney Outlet Centre, back row, Michael F O'Connor, Rosemary Nolan, Kay Fleming, Donal McCarthy, Sue McDonagh, Billy DF O'Sullivan, HeartBeat Killarney, Brendan McCarthy. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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AT THIS time of year thoughts are already turning towards the gift-buying sprees that loom on the horizon, but first why not turn your thoughts towards drawing up a shopping list when it comes to safeguarding your health?

This fantastic concept was dreamed up by Billy DF O’Sullivan and his team at the HeartBeat support group in Killarney. They have teamed up with Killarney Outlet Centre, the primary care teams and the Health Service Executive to present a unique event entitled Shop For Health Day at the outlet centre tomorrow, Friday, October 7.

The event takes place from 10am to 6pm and will offer a whole host of services and advice for free. “The object of the day is to provide easy access to health experts in a relaxed atmosphere and to get people talking about their health and picking up information that normally might not be as readily available to them,” said organiser Billy DF O’Sullivan of HeartBeat. “The units in the centre will also be involved with many health-orientated offers available on the day.”

This day of free advice and services will give you opportunities to talk to health professionals such as a diabetes nurse specialist, physiotherapist, speech and language therapist, and diet and mental health specialists.
Screening services will be available and GPs will attend during the day also.

The Kerry Citizens Information Services will also have a presence, as will the Order of Malta, Killarney Community Services, Kerry Weight Challenge, MS Killarney/South Kerry, and breathing coach Eoin Burns.
Erina MacSweeney will offer advice on non-intrusive heart checks.

Kerry Volunteer Group, Audiology Medical Services, Home Chair Pilates, NCBI Sight Loss, Unislim, Strutters Walking Group and many more will also be available. “We are expecting even more to get involved between now and October 7,” added Billy. “Shop For Health Day will reach out to all ages in the community with advice and information that hopefully will be of use to those who participate.”
 


 
Above: At the launch of HeartBeat 'Shop for Health Day', front row, Monika Falls, HSE, Carolann Fogarty, HSE,Máire O'Leary, HSE, Noreen O'Sullivan, Killarney Outlet Centre, back row, Michael F O'Connor, Rosemary Nolan, Kay Fleming, Donal McCarthy, Sue McDonagh, Billy DF O'Sullivan, HeartBeat Killarney, Brendan McCarthy. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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