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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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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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