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Jessie Buckley to appear on tonight’s Graham Norton Show

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By Michelle Crean

It seems that everything Jessie Buckley touches turns to gold lately as not only has she been heaped with praise from a top film director this week - but she's also due to appear on The Graham Norton Show tonight (Friday).

The 30-year-old Muckross native, who recently won an IFTA for her role in 'Chernobyl' and a second for 'Wild Rose' is currently wowing audiences in 'Fargo', and she's also receiving rave reviews for her role in Charlie Kaufman’s 'I’m Thinking Of Ending Things' on Netflix.

And it seems that there's no sign of work drying up for the Killarney talent as not only has she recently returned from the Greek island of Spetses after filming 'The Lost Daughter', she is now set to star in a 90-minute television version of Shakespeare's tragic romance 'Romeo and Juliet' after the stage version, due to be held in Britain's National Theatre, was shelved due to COVID. Rehearsals begin in November with filming set to take place in December. The premiere is expected to air in spring 2021 on Sky Arts.

However, the icing on the cake this week is not only tonight's appearance on the popular BBC programme - but the praise heaped on Jessie by the creator of the acclaimed 'Fargo' TV series - saying Jessie is "something special".

Writer and director Noah Hawley, told the Los Angeles Times this week that Jessie "is an incredible improviser".

"She finds things to do in the scenes that totally affect it and change it," he told the newspaper. "It's almost like she's driving the action, like she's a rudder. It doesn't even feel like improvisation - it feels like she's that person doing whatever it is they're doing in each take."

Her father Tim told the Killarney Advertiser this week that Jessie becomes the character in every role she takes on.

"It's nice that she's getting the recognition that she deserves. She becomes that person and can hold the delicate balance. You can trip up on those quirks of human nature. He highlighted the fact that she can hold the fine line. It's great to get the affirmation from a director who recognises her ability."

Viewers can catch up with Jessie tonight on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One at 10.45pm. Other guests will also include comedian Bill Bailey who is currently taking part in the BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing', Britain's Got Talent judge and children's author David Walliams, and Irish singer Dermot Kennedy who will perform his single 'Giants'.

And Tim added that it'll be like a reunion for both Jessie and Graham as the BBC funnyman from Cork hosted the BBC TV talent show 'I'd Do Anything' which started Jessie's acting career in 2008.

"It's nice to be on such a lighthearted programme as well and it'll bring out her funny side."

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Can you talk your way to fitness?

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.

If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.

What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.

People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.

However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.

Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).

ACCOUNTABILITY

For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.

If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.

It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.

So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.

To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.

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Former footballer to launch new book

By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.

The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.

In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.

His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.

“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.

O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.

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