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Lyme Disease campaign making progress in Killarney

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CAMPAIGN: Mayor Brendan Cronin has been pushing for Lyme Disease awareness signs for years.

 

By Sean Moriarty

 

Lyme Disease awareness signs have - after years of campaigning - been placed at key locations across Killarney.

 

While the erection of signs has been welcomed by elected members of Killarney Municipal District they say more needs to be done to warn locals and visitors about the dangers of potentially contracting the deadly disease. Ticks that carry disease are associated with the wild deer that roam the National Park.

There is an ongoing row between Kerry County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) which own the park, over who is responsible for placing warning signs in the park.

The NPWS refuse to place such signs and in a compromise Kerry County Council agreed to place signs near entrances to the park on property owned by the Council.

In recent weeks these signs have been placed at the Port Road entrance, the Fossa way car park and a children’s playground within the park.

“I am delighted to report that following a long campaign Kerry County Council have started erecting Lyme Disease awareness signs at public entrances to Killarney National Park,” Mayor Brendan Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser.

Mr Cronin has been a long-time campaigner but, while welcoming the first move, asked if more could be done.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae pointed out the number of yellow COVID-19 warning signs that have appeared in public and private locations in a short period of time as an example of what could be done.
The town’s executive promised to examine further Council-owned infrastructure in an effort to place more warning signs near the entrances to the National Park.

 

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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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