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Mary ditches medication after three stone weight loss

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NEW LEASE OF LIFE: Mary Cronin (65) from Park Road was almost fully insulin dependent and nearly confined to a wheelchair until she lost over three stone with Slimming World. Photo: Michelle Crean

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By Michelle Crean

Not only is one local woman thrilled to have lost over three stone – but is ecstatic to ditch the medication and life in a wheelchair.

Mary Cronin (65) from Park Road was almost fully insulin dependent and nearly confined to a wheelchair full-time but is now walking straighter and has ditched the medication after her dramatic weight loss.

Ten months ago Mary joined Marie O’Sullivan’s Slimming World group in Hotel Killarney and says the change in her life is phenomenal.

“The change is absolutely amazing, I never thought I’d see the day,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I was bent over and I had Type 2 diabetes and they were going to make me fully insulin dependent. Three years ago I had to retire as a carer with the HSE and was told I was to use a wheelchair full-time. Since losing the weight I have seen my health improve one hundred percent. It has changed my life.”

Now she says she has a new lease of life for her 15 grandchildren and enjoys socialising more.

“I tried other groups but it didn’t work out. With SW it’s the friendships and they’re all there to support each other.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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