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Killarney Athletic awarded prestigious FAI Mark

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MAKING THEIR MARK: Killarney Athletic members, back row: Martin Muldoon (Juvenile Secretary) and Basil Sheerin (Treasurer). Front row: Diarmuid O'Mahony (Senior Secretary), Ger Nagle (Club Chair) and Mike O'Shea (Vice Chair), celebrate their news this week.

 

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney Athletic Football Club has been awarded the coveted FAI Club Mark.

 

The distinction is awarded, by the governing body, to clubs that meet criteria like off field management, promotion and growth of the sport within the club’s communities and high standards of achievement and best practices.

The Killarney club was commended for its children’s academy where coaches are training youngsters to EUFA standards.

The Academy has grown substantially in the recent past and caters for large numbers of children who enjoy superb facilities on two grass pitches and the addition of an astro training pitch in 2018.

The Woodlawn-based club follow their cross-town rivals Killarney Celtic Football Club which was awarded the FAI Mark this time last year.

“We are thrilled,” Club Chair Ger Nagle told the Killarney Advertiser. “I took on the role of Chair last year and I made it my target to get this award. It is a testament to the hard work of the entire club. We are a collective committee and this rewards the efforts of everyone.”

The club has over 360 members on its books and as recent as the 2017 season it won both county League and Cup double. Last season the club had 17 different teams competing in various competitions across all age and gender groups. Despite COVID-19 bringing an early end to the season, club teams won the U12 and U13 County Premiere League titles.

Historically, Killarney Athletic organised the first ever FAI Summer Soccer Schools in Kerry in 1992, which was held in the hallowed grounds of the Áras Paidraig pitch.

Irish Internationals Paul McGrath, Mick McCarthy and Alan McLoughlin visited the ground at the time to add their support of the event.

While the club is steeped in history, former players were capped for Ireland and played to Premiership level in England. A recent drive by the current committee resulted in several past players returning to the fold with their children and that youth academy is the ethos of the current club management.

“It shows what the club is about, the fact that they came back to us and now they are creating a club for their children," she added.

The club was founded in 1965 by Garda Don Harrington, a young Garda from Cork City who was stationed in Killarney. This came about after Don observed youngsters from various parts of town playing soccer on the streets of Killarney.

In 1993, the club moved to Woodlawn where their scenic grounds have continued to develop.

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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.

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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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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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