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Killarney pharmacy inundated with Operation Transformation test requests

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By Michelle Crean

Up to 500 Killarney locals flocked to one pharmacy this week to find out their body’s true age – following last week’s Operation Transformation programme.
Kennelly’s Haven Pharmacy at The Reeks was the only store in Killarney town, offering the free metabolic test on Thursday, in conjunction with the popular RTE programme.
What was supposed to be a one day event nationally – proved so popular in Killarney that the pharmacy has decided to run it indefinitely as there was such an interest.
According to Emma O’Connor, staff at the pharmacy were inundated with requests since they opened their doors on Thursday morning.
“We’ve had over 500 people through the doors,” she told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“The queues were out the door. So we’re going to keep running it indefinitely.”
The metabolic test is being done this year by Operation Transformation as a way of focusing on fitness rather than weight.
On last week’s show Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (40) learned that his body’s ‘true age' is in fact 53.
And although he is renowned for his fondness for triathlons, the former Minister for Health, was left shocked and dumbfounded to find he had in fact a metabolic age of a 53 year-old.
However, it was a completely different story for RTE broadcaster Claire Byrne who took the same fitness test as the Taoiseach - as the 43 year-old’s true metabolic age was revealed as 28 - live on her programme on Tuesday night, when tested by Professor Niall Moyna from the DCU School of Health and Human Performance.
Emma said that the test is suitable for those over the age of 18 and that their oldest customer was aged 87.
“We are using the Tanita machine – it’s the scales they use on the Operation Transformation show, and it’s free. We’re giving people their results and because we’re running it indefinitely they can try to bring it down and come back in two to three months to be retested.”

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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