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Killarney town and park to merge in County Development Plan

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry County Council has commenced work on the drafting of the new County Development Plan for Kerry to cover the six-year period from 2022 to 2028 - including potential plans for Killarney and its environs.

The plan will set out how the county is promoted and regulated over the six-year period and is now open for public consultation and observation.

One of the biggest ideas being mooted for the Killarney urban area is to seamlessly integrate the National Park with the town centre which could be achieved by increasing pedestrian zones and reducing the amount of through-traffic in the town and the transition from car predominance to pedestrian priority. There is also a proposition to create a dedicated cultural and art/craft quarter in the town.

“The vision for Killarney seeks to mirror the world class natural environment that is Killarney National Park with an exceptional urban experience that sets Killarney apart as a world class tourism destination and seeks to interweave the fabric of the Urban Core of Killarney seamlessly into the National Park through a series of measures that removes as far as possible transitory traffic from the urban core,” reads a Kerry County Council official document relating to the development plan that was seen by the Killarney Advertiser.
The plan hopes to develop Killarney into a world class tourist destination.

Urban renewal is another key factor in the plan and vacant town centre buildings (both residential and commercial) is another issue the plan is keen to address.
Deputy Michael Healy-Rae is calling on Kerry people across all walks of life throughout the county to engage with the public consultation phase of the new County Development Plan.

“The County Development Plan is vital to the future success of the county and can only be enhanced when individuals and community groups make themselves heard. It is safe to say this is a real chance for every part of Kerry to place their community into the big picture,” he said.
Healy-Rae has encouraged people to engage either with their local public representatives or with the Council directly online, via email or by post.

“If you have an idea or a plan to improve your community, if you want to make a positive contribution to the county or if you are just an individual who feels that something can be done better, make sure your voice is heard. We are all in this together,” added the Kerry TD.

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The tax you’re really paying for your health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?” In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word. We have it, and we use it, and, […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

With the budget just squared away, there’s always an air of “how did I do out of it?”

In Ireland, we enjoy a public healthcare system which is touted to become a universal healthcare system. Maybe “enjoy” is the wrong word.

We have it, and we use it, and, of course we pay for it. We justify the constant ratcheting-up of our tax burden to pay for rising health-care costs. That tax is on our wallets.

We also pay another type of tax: When we’re unhealthy, we don’t get to do the things we like. When we’re overweight, we don’t always say “YES!” when our kids ask to go to the swimming pool.
When we’re unfit, we don’t take our buddy’s invitation for a weekend hiking and camping trip. We can’t start jogging because our knees hurt; can’t lift weights because our back hurts; can’t cut down calories because we feel we need the energy.

Those things are taxes. Physical taxes, but they’re not the worst taxes we pay.

The worst tax we pay is the mental tax.

When we’re self-conscious about our fitness or health, we don’t want to start exercising. We don’t want to look dumb or fail.

We don’t want to start a new lifestyle because our families will say “good for you”, because they know we need it, or they’ll say “you don’t need that …” and lie. Or they’ll roll their eyes because they know we’ve failed before.

When we’ve been away from the gym for four months, we don’t want to do that first workout because we’re going to be last. It’s going to suck and we might get embarrassed.

SELF IMPOSED TAX

The Government makes us pay financial tax, but the other two – physical and mental – are self-imposed.

No one cares if you’re slow.

No one cares if you finish last.

No one cares if you blow your nutrition this week and have to start all over again.

You’d stop caring about what others thought about you if you realised how rarely they actually do.

Everyone thinks about themselves, mostly. That’s the tax they’re paying – and most of us overpay.

We’re taxed enough. Stop worrying about what you look like and start caring about what makes you feel good.

If you’d like to start taking steps in the right direction with your health and fitness, call in for a free consultation with us at Activate. Visit www.activate.ie/free-intro for more information.

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Tractor run raises €500 for charity

By Sean Moriarty Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019. 30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980. Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Members of Killarney Valley Vintage and Classic Club raised €500 for the Kerry Mental Health Association during their first tractor run since April 2019.

30 tractors took part on Sunday including two rare Ford 3000s from 1974 and an even rarer Zetor Crystal from 1980.

Departing from the club’s new ‘Vintage Shed’ on Lewis Road, the convoy travelled to the communications mast near Coolick in Kilcummin, where participants enjoyed views of the wider Castleisland district and Killarney Valley.

“Some of the drivers were never up there before and they were amazed with the views across the two valleys,” organiser Tom Leslie told the Killarney Advertiser.

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