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CELTIC GIRLS: Pictured are: Cliona Moynihan, Eva O'Shea Zoe and Counihan Kate Healy.

 

When Killarney Celtic FC look back on 2020 there will be many things they will not want to remember - but from a sporting point of view one of the success stories is the 20x20 ‘If She Can’t See It She Can’t Be It’ Club Charter.

 

Sports clubs have never been more important than they are at present and Killarney Celtic is one of a number of Kerry Schoolboys Girls League clubs that signed up to the 20x20 Charter. They join over 300 clubs in 23 sports who have signed up.

The club will now proudly fly the 20x20 member flag at all events at its grounds in Dirreen while the Charter will be displayed in the clubhouse and the logo will appear on the club’s social media sites.

INCREASING VISIBILITY

There are three pillars to the 20x20 Charter which are to increase the visibility of and the participation of both players and coaches in the female section of the club by 20 percent during the year and actively promote and increase the attendance for the female teams in the club.

Killarney Celtic is proud of its long history of giving the same opportunities to play soccer at all ages from its Academy onwards.

Club Chairman Paul Sherry said that Killarney Celtic is very proud that almost 30 percent of the playing membership of the club is in the female section and the club now plan to continue to grow this section over the coming years.

“Our girls start in the ‘Soccer Tots’ programme along with the boys ages four to six, and then we have 17 girls in our Academy, 111 girls on our teams from U10/11s to 17s as well as having 10 girls in our ‘Football for All’ section,” he said.
“The club also has a number of very dedicated coaches who work with the girls to ensure that they both enjoy and learn the game and are given the opportunity to play at their highest level. The coaches are fully Garda vetted and qualified to various levels on the FAI Coach Education pathway.

“On the competitive side one of our greatest days came in 2013 when in early December our U14s were crowned Women’s FAI Munster Champions defeating Holly Hill from Cork 3-1. For the record Hannah O’Donoghue, who went on to play with Cork City Women, scored a hat-trick in a Player of the Match performance. We also reached the National U12 Girls Cup final in 2018 losing out to Mervue United from Galway by a last minute goal.

GOOD RELATIONSHIPS

“The club has built up a very good relationship with Cork City Women’s side and they have visited us on a number of occasions where they have conducted training sessions for our girls. As well as this a number of our players train with their academy and we also have girls in the FAI Regional Centre of Excellence in Limerick. The club also provides players and coaches to the KSBGL for its Inter League competitions including the prestigious Gaynor Cup.

“But like our boys section while the club and our coaches are delighted when our girl’s teams are successful this is not the most important thing. Our main focus is on developing the girls by teaching them the skills of the game and the enjoyment that can be found by being part of a team.”

Killarney Celtic is ideally placed to welcome new girls to the club with training taking place on its All Weather pitches. The club invites parents and girls of all ages to come along to training and try out the beautiful game. Training times are on the club’s social media pages or you can leave a message on 083 8392059 with your query.

[caption id="attachment_34629" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Ella O'Connor, Anna O'Shea, Clodagh Daly, Michella Mulry, Ellie O'Shea and Eimear Furlong.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34628" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Yelizaveta Malberg, Kaysey O'Connor, Anne O'Shaughnessy and Niamh Brosnan.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34627" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Hannah Casey, Bethany Moynihan, Grainne O'Leary and Emma Daly.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34626" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Cora O'Donovan, Clodagh Clancy, Caoimhe O'Sullivan and Grainne Kelliher.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34625" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Amelia Carroll, Kelly Grace, Cox Caoimhe Cronin and Sarah Warren.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34624" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Louise O'Donoghue, Ali Bowler, Jodie Barton and Tara Cronin.[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_34630" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Megan Sheehan, Kate Forde, Maggie Hickey, Emily Buckley, AnnaKate Daly and Liadh Forde.[/caption]

 

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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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