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By Sean Moriarty

The Kilcummin branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will be holding a homecoming celebration this Sunday night to acknowledge their massive success at Fleadh Cheoil na hÈireann.

BOSCA CEOIL: Button Accordion Under 12 winner Seán Angland of Glenflesk. Photo: David Lynam

FLEADH: Half Set Mixed Under 18 second place Aaron Buckley Gavin Cronin Maeve O'Connor and Sarah Pigott from Kilcummin. Photo: David Lynam

CHAMPIONS: Kilcummin CCÉ over 18s Half Mixed Set who were crowned All-Ireland Champions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Photo: Derek O'Leary

SECOND PLACE: Kilcummin CCÉ Over 35s Mixed Set second at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022.

DANCERS: Full Set Ladies Under 12 winners: Aisling Gallagher Aoife Coffey Éabha McCarthy Jennifer Rae Laura O'Sullivan Maedbh O'Brien Regan O'Shea Sophie O'Shea from Spa GAA. Photo: David Lynam

FIRST PLACE: Rince Seit Mná/Full Set Ladies (12-15) 1st Abbie McGuire Alison Pigott Andrea Counihan Aoibhe O'Sullivan Ciara Foley Cliona Doolan Rebecca O'Leary Sadbh O'Halloran CCÉ Kilcummin.

LADIES SET: Kilcummin CCÉ U12 Ladies Set with their trainer Adrian Moriarty who came Second at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

SMILES: Smiles all around for the victorious Kilcummin CCÉ 12 to 15s Ladies Set and their trainer Adrian Moriarty - first place and All-Ireland Champions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Photo: Derek O'Leary

DOUBLE: Michael Healy double All-Ireland Champion in the 12-15 Melodeon and Accordion at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Photo: Derek O'Leary

It will be held at Kilcummin clubhouse.

Kilcummin and local GAA clubs, Spa and Glenflesk, were amongst the big winners at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÈireann in Mullingar last week.

The first major prize for Kilcummin CCÉ was the 12 to 15 age group Ladies Full Set competition.

“The standard throughout was exceptional. The Kilcummin set were dancing last and knew it would take their best to deliver the ultimate prize. The ladies did indeed deliver their best and were soon crowned national champions, claiming first place,” Derek O'Leary, PRO Kilcummin CCE, said.

“The next day saw the Kilcummin over 18s Half Mixed Set to the stage in what was an obviously serious competition with little separating the various groups. Once again, this set danced supremely and deservedly took first place and were crowned All-Ireland Champions.”

Kilcummin CCE also celebrated a double All-Ireland Champion when Michael Healy continued his dominance in the music competition. He won the 12 to 15 Accordion and also the 12 to 15 Melodion competition with exceptional and comprehensive performances.

“Much credit must go to the dedication and hard work from all the dancers and also their mentors, Adrian, Mary and John Moriarty of the Moriarty School of Dancing. Much thanks to Conor Moriarty and Sean Kelliher for providing the music for the dancers over the two days of competition,” added Derek.

“Kilcummin CCÉ will be holding a homecoming celebration at Kilcummin clubhouse this Sunday night at 8pm. All are welcome to come and help us celebrate what has been a great success in Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadheana.”

Glenflesk GAA Club were also celebrating this week following their success at the Fleadh Cheoil.
Rian Gleeson won the Under 12 Storytelling competition while Seán Angland was first in the Under 12 Button Accordion class. Sean also finished second in the piano accordion competition and was third in the flute playing section. One of his sisters Grace won the 15 to 18 age group piano class and another sister, Colleen was third in the 12 to 15 age group flute category.

Spa GAA’s ladies won the Over 18 Full Set dancing competition and were second in the 15 to 18 age group.

“Congratulations to all the Kerry competitors, especially all our Spa members, who took part in Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Mullingar last week,” Spa GAA PRO Deirdre O'Sullivan Darcy said.

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How to boost your immune system with nutrition

By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability. While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, […]

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By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness

The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability.

While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, there are ways to keep your immune system strong so that you are better prepared to fight off infections and heal quickly.

As long as your immune system is running smoothly, you don’t notice that it’s there, but if it stops working properly – because it’s weak or can’t fight particularly aggressive germs – you get ill.

Without an immune system, we would have no way to fight harmful things that enter our body from the outside or harmful changes that occur inside our body. Here are five ways to ensure you support a good immune system coming into the wintery months:

1. Eat More Vegetables

While all vegetables have health benefits, some pack a more powerful immune-boosting punch than others. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables are rich in fibre, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), which helps regulate the immune system and protect against infections.

2. Eat Balanced Meals

Include all macronutrients in your meals. Protein is particularly important for healing and recovery. Protein sources include leaner sources of meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, milk, beans, soy, nuts and seeds. These foods are also good sources of zinc, a mineral that promotes healthy immune function and aids in wound healing. Healthy fats are also essential to support our immune health. Try to include a variety of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in your daily diet. These are found in avocados, fatty fish, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. These foods provide good fats but are also rich in phytonutrients and fat-soluble vitamins. For example, a small handful of nuts such as almonds is a great source of vitamin E. Wild-caught salmon is one of the only foods naturally rich in vitamin D. Fatty fish are also rich in essential fats called omega-3s, which are known for their multiple health benefits.

3. Regular Exercise

Exercise is one of the main aspects that support a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise promotes cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and offers protection against a variety of diseases. And just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to a healthy immune system, improves blood circulation allowing immune system cells to move through the body more freely and do their job more effectively.

4. Good Quality Sleep

Getting enough sleep has many health benefits. The lack of sleep puts your body into ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing adrenaline and increased stress hormones into the body. Research shows that in general, adults need at least seven hours of sleep for optimal health and well-being. As we sleep our immune system works to heal and repair the body. A few tips for getting a good night’s sleep include avoiding caffeine in the evenings, turning off your screens (TV, laptop, phones, etc.) well before bedtime and sleeping in a cool, dark room.

5. Manage Your Stress

You may not often think about how stress affects your ability to fight off infection, but your state of mind can have a significant impact on your health. When you are experiencing more stress, your immunity is compromised, which puts you at a higher risk of getting sick. Managing stress may help you fight germs and infections. Stress management techniques include breath work, meditation, yoga, moderate exercise, walking etc. Having a support system of close friends and family can also help us feel connected and stay strong throughout stressful times.

Although there is no magical potion for immunity, you can take these five steps to boost your immune system which is very important as we enter the colder and darker mornings of winter. Don’t underestimate your lifestyle’s impact on your ability to help keep your immune system strong. Good nutrition, quality sleep, and managing stress can all have a significant impact on your health. If you need help with your nutrition, send us an email at nutrition@activate.ie and we will be happy to help you!

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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