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Kilcummin locals will be feeling fit with new facilities

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By Michelle Crean

A brand new state-of-the-art fitness centre has opened in Kilcummin - and locals will be feeling fairly fit after just a few sessions.

Kilcummin GAA Fitness Centre, located 10 minutes drive from Killarney town, is open seven days a week from 6am-11pm for any adults who want to join for €150.

Membership of the gym will give members access to the highest standard of equipment including spin and stationary bikes, thread-mills, cross-trainers, assault bikes, chest and shoulder presses, free weights, barbells, hex bars, weight plates, four bay rig, TRX and landmine rows, under the guidance of gym manager, Shane O'Sullivan of SOS Fitness.

Kilcummin GAA say the membership fees are "outstanding value" and are delighted to welcome new members in.

"We are delighted to see so many local people availing of the new facilities, many of whom are not club members," Willie Fleming said. "Membership of the GAA club is separate to that of the fitness centre. Whether you are a regular gym user or have no experience whatsoever, you are welcome to join up and become part of a fitness community. Shane will guide you through the facilities and will also be available for one to one personal training sessions, small group training sessions, as well as organising larger group fitness classes for all levels."

The gym which spans 64ft x 41ft is a huge addition to the local community and surrounding areas, giving adults of all ages and fitness levels the opportunity to avail of top-class facilities and expert training on their doorstep.

Complete with changing rooms, showers and full accessibility, it is part of a major development in the GAA club that has been taking place in club grounds since 2019 with the generous support and help of members of the local community and supporters of the club from near and far as well as capital funding and grants.

To find out more and to purchase membership contact Shane O'Sullivan on 085 1348855 or Willie Fleming on 085 7882288. For regular updates follow SOS_Fitness and Kilcummin GAA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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