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‘Losing weight has been the battle of my life’

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CONGRATULATIONS to Killarney lady Siubhan Lewis who has been named Woman of the Year 2016 District Finalist with Slimming World.

Siubhan, of Muckross, said: “After I had my first child in 1977 I didn't put on any significant weight. That might have had to do with climbing down a cliff face during a camping holiday some weeks before the birth.

"In those early years my husband and I led a very active life – walking and climbing on the Kerry hills, in woodlands, by lake and along the coast; holidays cycling around the Beara Peninsula; having a very distressed Brendan (our first) on the back of the bike in torrential rain on the way home from Sneem; cycling every day during our lunch break."

Three and four years later there were two further arrivals. “My long story of getting heavier appeared to start. While this was very gradual by the time the children had reached First Communion age it was not a pleasant experience looking for something nice to wear,” said Siobhan.

"Since the home birth of number five in 1987 it has been an uphill battle. My increasing weight affected everything I did – the difficulty and expense of buying clothes."

Eating had become an addiction and it affected Siubhan’s feeling of self-worth, she added. “A particularly low point when I was told in the post office ‘Congratulations, you're expecting another baby" - which I was not!” said Siubhan.

For most of 30 years the Muckross resident has been joining slimming groups of various kinds. "I would lose a stone. But then put it back on again – and more," she said.

Staying active became more difficult. “Mountains were a memory. Cycling was a dream of the past,” said Siubhan.

Then in 2012 Siubhan suffered health problems and was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. “The fear was terrible, there were some awful experiences but the treatment and care were superb and after a year and a half I came through with flying colours,” she said. "This was a second chance at life. Clearly I was now making life and death decisions.

In June 2015 her daughter Ide suggested she and Siubhan should try Slimming World. "Although she had no significant weight problem she suggested otherwise," said Siobhan. "She and I would do this together. Then that historic day. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Ide collected me and we went along to our first Slimming World session in The Brehon.”

Over this past year Siubhan felt she had two “guardian angels”. “Our leader Cheryl Cavanagh inspired with her own story, was endlessly helpful, her wit made everything enjoyable. Ide supported, cajoled, threatened. Anybody who says there are no angels doesn't know what they are talking about,” said Siubhan.

There were “blips”, added Siubhan, including putting on seven and a half pounds over Christmas and eight and a half pounds over holidays. But she battled on with the encouragement of her dynamic duo of helpers. Now, at 35kg lighter, Siubhan’s life has been transformed.

"These past months I have started to walk every evening with neighbours Colm and Kathleen as well as our dog and their two dogs,” she said.

“Walking to the foot of the mountain there is no puffing and panting. Mountains are a real possibility. Maybe I’ll even cycle the Ring of Kerry.

“I’m being told at every turn, ‘you look great’ or ‘you look ten years younger’….’your husband better watch out!’ – though he doesn’t believe that! Life couldn’t be better. Thank you Slimming World ... and those two guardian angels ... Ide and Cheryl.”

Slimming World meetings take place in The Brehon Hotel, Killarney on Tuesdays at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm and in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee on Wednesdays at 9.30am, 11.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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