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Live rugby workouts proving an online hit

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By Michelle Crean

Live rugby workouts are proving very popular online thanks to one local man whose aim is to get all ages up and moving in the comfort of their own homes. Munster Rugby Community Officer Dan O’Sullivan is leading the workouts via Facebook live and it's such a success that its reached almost 10,000 views.

 

It began on the Killarney RFC page for the past few weeks and Dan was then invited to do it on the Munster Rugby Supporters Club Facebook page as part of the February #movewithmunster campaign. And it's now become the talk of Munster!

"Everything had moved to Zoom and as a branch we said we'd try it live on Facebook," Dan explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.

"I took over the KRFC Facebook page for the day and it was brilliant, we got some great feedback from parents. Then Munster Rugby Supporters Club asked me to do it on their page, we go live at 1.15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 10.30am on Saturdays on the KRFC page.

And Dan has made it fun for the kids by getting them to do animals movements.

"Trying to get kids to do lunges and squats is hard so we ask them to do a 'duckwalk' and other animal/primal movements. It's more relatable for them and it's a fun way of doing it."

And as long as there's interest in the workouts, Dan said he's happy to continue.

"We are thrilled to see Killarney RFC lead the way and delighted with Dan’s sessions," Liam Murphy from Killarney RFC said.

Watch a session here.

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Motorists urged to be vigilant during deer breeding season

Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk. “While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer […]

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Deer are most active from late September until early November as the breeding season gets underway – but this causes huge problems for drivers especially from dawn and dusk.

“While the rut is an amazing experience to witness it is also a time when there is an increased incident of road traffic accidents involving deer as male deer go in search of females and younger males are ousted by dominant males forcing deer to cross roads and motorways,” Damien Hannigan from the Irish Deer Commission said.

Drivers are being advised to reduce speed, stay alert and dip their headlights as the full beam may cause the deer to freeze.

“If a deer has crossed in front of your vehicle, be aware that others may follow. Do not approach an injured deer. If you are involved in a deer road traffic accident or come across a deer that has been involved in a road traffic accident, immediately contact the local Gardaí.”

The Irish Deer Commission operate a humane deer dispatch scheme with 75 trained volunteers assisting agencies and charities who deal with an increasing number of deer vehicle collisions nationally.

On Sunday October 10 the Irish Deer Commission will hold a Red Deer Rut Watch event in Killarney National
Park. It has taken place in Killarney continuously for over 5,000 years and Killarney National Park is acknowledged as one of the best locations in Europe to observe the red deer rut.
This family friendly event is being hosted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is free. There will be talks by a Conservation Rangers and the Irish Deer Commission, along with a display of native red deer antlers.

Booking is available only online via visit www.irishdeercommission.ie.

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Happy Birthday Sham

Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]

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Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.

Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.

One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.

Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.

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