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Killarney Races welcomes back spectators!

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From next Monday July 12 to Friday 16 inclusive Killarney Racecourse will stage its first spectator meeting since 2019.

Due to public health guidelines and restrictions, horse racing has successfully continued without incident behind closed doors throughout the pandemic.

The easing of restrictions announced by An Taoiseach Michéal Martin last week has enabled Killarney Races to cater for five hundred patrons each day. The Board of Management and all the team at Killarney Races are delighted to finally welcome patrons back to the racecourse to enjoy the races next week.

Noteworthy races with ample prize funds set to attract high calibre fields include The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes of €47,500, a listed race which will take place on Wednesday. Always an interesting contender, The Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle of €21,000 will run on Thursday, and the jumps feature of the week is The Boyle Sports Handicap Steeplechase worth €40,000.

Monday July 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 are all flat cards with start times of 4.45pm, 4.20pm and 4.25pm respectively. Thursday July 15 and Friday 16 are National Hunt meetings which go to post at 1.40pm each day.

“We are truly delighted to welcome people back to our scenic racecourse, all be it with a limited capacity," Gerard Coughlan, Chairman of Killarney Races said.

"Killarney Races is an integral part of our town and community. I would sincerely like to thank all our sponsors who stood by us through this difficult period and we’re looking forward to working together as racing and all sports open up in the future.”

Pre-booking is the only option to secure tickets for this race meeting and due to the high demand and limited capacity, racegoers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Please note Killarney Races will race again in August from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 inclusive and on Saturday October 2 and Sunday 3.

Tickets for all race meetings held at Killarney Racecourse are available online at www.killarneyraces.ie. For all racing news and updates follow Killarney Races on social media or visit the website.

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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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