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Listry GAA celebrate 50th anniversary of O’Donoghue Cup victory

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HISTORY: Author Paul Kennedy with a copy of his book that celebrates 50 years of Listry GAA's O'Donoghue Cup victory.

 

HISTORY: Author Paul Kennedy with a copy of his book that celebrates 50 years of Listry GAA's O'Donoghue Cup victory.

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By Sean Moriarty

Listry GAA Club has published a commemorative book to celebrate the club’s victory in the 1970 O’Donoghue Cup East Kerry Championship.

The club hoped to mark the occasion by organising a social gathering in August last year but COVID-19 restrictions got in the way.

Instead members turned their attention to producing a book to recall that historic day.

“It is a look back and reminisce on a famous August day 50 years ago, when the Listry football team of 1970 became kingpins of East Kerry and the first team in the club's history to win the title. It is a club record that has not been matched to this day, and is fondly remembered by the people of the parish,” club PRO Anne O’Brien told the Killarney Advertiser.

The book features interviews from those who were there on the day, press clippings and old photographs.

It was compiled by club member Paul Kennedy who is currently based in Dublin. Two of Paul’s uncles, Moyo and Andrew Larkin played on the team half a century ago when Listry defeated Spa GAA on a score-line 2-8 to 0-7.

“We hope this commemorative programme will give you a sense what life in the community was like at the time and maybe it will stir some fond memories and stories that our older generation can pass onto our youngsters and inspire the next generation,” Anne added.

Copies of the book are available from O’Sullivan’s Shop at Beaufort Bridge and electronic versions of the book can be ordered by sending an email to listry1970@gmail.com.

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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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