Connect with us

News

Ladies get in gear to be queen of the roads

Published

on

A

AS IRELAND BIKEFEST 2017 rolls into Killarney this June Bank Holiday weekend, so too will a record number of woman bikers from all over the world.

To celebrate the growing popularity of biking among women, the Ladies of Harley® will host two events during this year’s festival, a meet and greet which takes place at The Brehon at 5pm on Saturday, and a Ladies of Harley® rideout which will depart the Bike Village at 2pm on Sunday.

Ladies of Harley® promotes female participation in motorcycling worldwide. Their message for other women? If something makes you happy, just do it. At the meet and greet, fully fledged bikers will share their stories, knowledge and tips with aspiring bikers. “It can be daunting for anyone starting out, but it is especially daunting for women who may not know someone that shares their interest,” said Ladies of Harley® representative Fiona Carroll.

“But the number of women's motorcycle groups is growing, and social media is helping to connect us all. Women are embracing biking like never before and we are encouraging and helping each other in any way that we can.”

Motorcyclists that would like to participate in the ride-out on Sunday can register at the Celtic Thunder Chapter’s hospitality desk located in the Harley Bar in the Bike Village.

Ireland BikeFest Killarney is one of Europe’s largest free, open biker festivals. Every make and model of motorbike imaginable along with their owners are welcome to attend. Visitors do not even have to own a bike, they can just bask in the glory of some slick, well-built machines and enjoy the unique party and festival atmosphere of the Bike Village.

The festival headquarters, located on the grounds of The Gleneagle Hotel, is the main hub of activity. Here you will find The Bike Village, featuring trader stands with specialised biker gear and more, along with plenty places to eat, grab a drink and listen to the live bands and DJs.

Highlights for 2017 include daily rideouts along the Southwest section of the Wild Atlantic Way - marshalled by Celtic Thunder Chapter Ireland and Gaelic Chapter Ireland, free Harley-Davidson® demo rides, Waterford and Dublin Harley-Davidson® Dealers, H.O.G.® Hospitality & Info, Jumpstart, Novelty Dog Show, the Custom Bike Show, Kids Zone, Parade and lots of free live indoor and outdoor entertainment day and night.

Ireland BikeFest is supported by Harley-Davidson® UK & Ireland, Authorised Harley-Davidson® Dealers and H.O.G.® Chapters in association with Destination Killarney Ltd, Fáilte Ireland and Wild Atlantic Way.
 


 
Above: Ireland BikeFest Chairperson Breffni Ingerton and Ladies of Harley® Representative Fiona Carroll gear up at Ladies View Killarney yesterday for Ireland BikeFest 2017 which takes place in Killarney this June Bank Holiday weekend.
PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

Are you getting enough sleep?

By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed. Incorporating a […]

Published

on

0215547_shutterstock1354368284.JPG

By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

We have all heard the phrase “routine is the killer” however for many of us who, on a daily basis, stretch ourselves thin wearing a variety of different hats, simply creating a specific and sustainable routine will separate the successful and organised from the stressed and overwhelmed.

Incorporating a routine helps to bring direction and structure, and as Craig Ballantyne so wonderfully put it in his book ‘The Perfect Day’; “Structure = Freedom”.

In our childhood, we became accustomed to a bedtime routine. In fact, those of us who are parents go to great lengths to create this routine for our own children, knowing the benefits it brings. However, as we moved into adulthood, that same routine was thrown out the window by the demanding world of school and full-time work.

Sleep and health are locked together. When we improve our sleep, we have better energy, mood, and recover easier from exercise. When we sleep better it helps us to make better nutrition choices because sleep regulates our hormones. Yet it’s one of the first things we sacrifice in order to get through our full to-do list. Whatever these or our end goal is, jeopardising our health seems to be counterproductive and also just a little crazy! Why is it that as adults we stray so far away from one of the very foundational rituals that can keep us feeling grounded?

So how much sleep do you need? About six to eight hours is good but the exact number depends on the person. No matter who you are, you’ll feel worn out if you don’t get enough.

Here are some suggestions to help you achieve greater balance and a sound night’s sleep:

Limit caffeine:

It takes a long time for caffeine to get out of your system, so avoid it late in the day. Typically, have your last caffeinated drink 10 hours before your bedtime.

Be active:

Physical activity reduces stress and improves sleep. One exception is not to do a hard workout right before bed as it might be tough to wind down for a while afterwards.

Unwind early:

Turn off screens well before bedtime. Bright screens can mess with your body’s sleep mechanisms, so turn off TV’s, tablets and smartphones earlier in the evening. Take the dog out, brush your teeth, get into your pyjamas, and get into bed before the time you want to be asleep.

Brain dump for the next day:

Spend 5-10 minutes each night writing a list of to-do items to ensure you hit the pillow feeling organised and in control.

Set out your clothes the evening before:

This small task can save you a lot of last-minute rushing. Take the extra five minutes now when you have it.

Cool, dark and quiet:

When it comes to sleep, you want it cool, dark and quiet. Adjust the temperature or get a fan going, hang some blackout curtains and try to reduce any noise near your bedroom.

Buy an alarm clock:

This will help you to avoid being distracted by notifications should you wake and check the time in the middle of the night. Set an alarm right now for tonight. When it goes off, start your evening routine so you get into bed on time for a good night’s sleep!

Here at Activate, we promote and encourage balance to ensure we are living a happy and healthy life. Sleep is one very essential and key component of this. We hope these tips help you get some much-needed rest! When you combine great sleep with sound nutrition and solid training, you’ll feel amazing and make more progress toward your goals.

Create your own user feedback survey

Continue Reading

News

Kerry Stars “pursuing dream to build own sports centre”

By Sean Moriarty Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser. The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds. However, the project remains […]

Published

on

0215744_Unknown.jpeg

By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Special Olympics Club is still pursuing its dream to build a sports centre in Derreen, a senior club official has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser.

The club has identified a site, with support from Kerry County Council, between the existing Killarney Legion and Killarney Celtic sports grounds.

However, the project remains on the long finger as the club has been concentrating on the safety of its members throughout the pandemic.

The delay prompted Cllr Donal Grady to ask Kerry County Council if it had any plans to build houses on the site.

Mr Grady asked the question in the context of making sure the land did not go to waste and not in opposition to any plans by Kerry Stars.

“The site referred to was originally identified as a potential site for development as a specific sports facility. That project has not materialised,” a Council official said.

“Kerry Stars had been in contact with Kerry County Council regarding use of the site, and it was expected that further communication would be received from them in the very short-term. As yet, Kerry County Council is awaiting further communication and will liaise directly with the Kerry Stars group before we can give consideration to use of the lands under the ‘Housing for All’ housing plan.”

However, Kerry Stars chairman John Spillane said they still “have every intention of pursuing our dream of have our own sports centre”.

“The location makes perfect sense, it is the sports hub of Killarney and all the clubs there could help and learn from each other.”

Create your own user feedback survey

Attachments

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending