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Jumping for joy: Enjoy a fun way to get fit




YOU will be jumping for joy when you join a course led by acclaimed fitness instructor Veronika Poláková who is running classes in the Physique Fitness Studio in Killarney.

Originally from Slovakia, Veronika has an enviable reputation for hosting classes that benefit all ages. “My clients range from young to old unfit to uberfit, men and women, teams and groups,” she said.

An exciting aspect of Veronika’s classes involves Jumping®. “The first time I saw Jumping® was on a YouTube video and I knew straight away that I wanted to do that,” said Veronika. “I didn't stop smiling during the course I was so happy.

Dance and free movement gave me happiness and I wanted to share this happiness with other people.”
Jumping® is a dynamic new fitness movement performed on individual patented trampolines and Veronika has been giving Jumping® classes since 2013. “It is a great high intensity training, which releases a tremendous amount of endorphins after the class,” said Veronika.

“The benefits of rebounding itself are known as a great way to improve your overall health. The intensity of our program simply multiplies all those effects, giving you the best workout ever!”

Veronika is constantly looking for inspiration for classes by keeping up to date with the latest music and dance moves. “I like my class a fun experience,” she said. “My classes are open to everyone – whether you have no rhythm or are a top-class dancer, we will have fun while we work out.”

Veronika is also qualified to instruct Piloxing® which is an appealing mix of dance, Pilates and boxing.
In addition, she leads classes in Bosu, which is exercise with a half-moon ball fitness-training device.
Veronika’s Total Body Workout delivers highly effective result. “This involves exercise using a person’s own weight,” she said.

You can contact Veronika Poláková: Jumping in Kerry, on 083-8771386 or or
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Carols by Candlelight

    St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas […]






St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas 2023, December17, at 7.00pm. Admission is free.

Ten Choirs from Killarney parish will join together and sing some of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols.
The carol service is directed by accomplished Musician and Choral Director, Paula Gleeson. Originally from Cork, her family have been involved in all aspects of choral and church music for 50 years.

“This is the best experience as director, working with Fr. Kieran O’Brien, and St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, I get to work with so many talented people in Killarney. The commitment of Teachers, Principals, and the hundreds of students from the Primary and Secondary Schools is inspiring. The generosity of our sponsors, who were so willing to contribute has helped to make this night a reality. We are all so truly grateful,” she said.

Choirs include:
St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Choir, organist Anita Lakner
Holy Cross Mercy School Choir
St. Oliver’s Primary School Choir
St. Brigid’s Secondary School Choir
St. Brendan’s Secondary School Choir
Killarney Harmonisers
Killarney Community College School Choir
Lissivigeen National School Choir
Gaelscoil Faithleann School Choir
Presentation Monastery School Choir

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The same but different – A tribute to three great Irish musicians



Driving home from work last Friday, tributes for Shane McGowan were pouring out across the radio stations and while listening in, I got a strong sense of déjà vu.

It was only a few months earlier that we got the sad news that the talented Aslan front man Christy Dingham had passed away, and a short few weeks after that – Sinéad O’Connor.  The loss of three iconic Irish musicians that left music fans across the country reeling.

When I think about each artist individually, their personalities couldn’t be more different. Yet, for days after the passing of the Pogues frontman, I found myself wondering why I was so drawn to all three.

And then, over the weekend I stumbled across a completely unrelated article which led with a headline:

“In a year dominated by artificial intelligence, deepfakes, and disingenuity, “authentic” has somehow emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word for 2023.”

And there was my answer. The one characteristic that embodied all three of these great Irish musicians.

It was my mother that first introduced me to Aslan’s music. She grew up during their peak and loved all sorts of rock music. I regularly watch their Vicar Street performances back on YouTube and still get mesmerised by Christy’s intense stage presence. Using elaborate hand gestures to evoke a greater meaning behind the words, he always looked like he was away in his own world. Off stage, and particularly later in his career, I admired him for his honesty when talking about his struggles with addiction and mental health. He was talking openly about these issues long before it was the norm.

Sinéad O’Connor was another original soul who, because of her talent, was catapulted into a music industry consumed by artificiality; she was almost too pure for it all. I always admired her unwavering commitment to her beliefs. Her authenticity was evident in every aspect of her artistry. The way she unapologetically embraced her shaved head and boy-ish style, she challenged conventional opinions around beauty. Her music reflected her personal struggles and she never shied away from addressing issues of social injustice, religion, and gender equality. Her stances often drew criticism and controversy, but she always remained true to herself.

Shane MacGowan will always be remembered for his unfiltered nature, and while the lyrics of many songs were dark and gritty, there was also an element of empathy and compassion in what he wrote. Like Christy, he too struggled with addiction and mental health issues throughout his career. While his demons sometimes spilled over into the public eye, his honesty and vulnerability just endeared him even more to us Irish.

So isn’t it apt in a year we lost three great musicians, the word of 2023 happens to be the one undeniable trait that they all shared. Thank you Christy, Sinead and Shane for showing us that authenticity is not just about being different to everyone else; but also about possessing the courage to challenge the established, to question the norms, and to keep going, even when the going gets tough.


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