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Mayor calls for urgent meeting following town centre incidents

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Mayor of Killarney Cllr Brendan Cronin has called for an urgent meeting with the Gardai, Council and the Chamber of Commerce following the weekend’s incidents on Main St and College St.

 

One video, which showed two men on top of a defibrillator phone box with a large crowd closely gathered together singing along, breaching current social distancing health regulations, was met with huge criticism and disgust nationally after it was viewed over 300k times across a variety of social media platforms.

A second video showed a large number of youths involved in a fight on College St.

A third incident occurred on the Muckross Road which resulted in the death of a young male from Doneraile in North Cork is currently being investigated by Gardai.

Speaking about the Main St and College St incidents, Mayor Cronin is calling on An Gardai Siochana to step up their efforts to ensure that a similar large gathering like this does not happen again.

“I wish to condemn the disgraceful behaviour which was observed on social media from that took place in Main Street, Killarney,” he said.

“As a collective group, we have all done tremendous work to ensure that the number of new cases remains as low as possible in our town and county by putting restrictions before personal preferences. Business owners and staff have gone above and beyond to protect customers and visitors to Killarney. There efforts should be recognised, not hampered by this behaviour. In a time when we cannot go to watch a football match, when weddings are being  postponed along with other family occasions being put on hold, the behaviour seen in our was nothing short of showing two fingers to all those who have put in huge time and effort to make Killarney safe.”

He added that he wishes to sympathise with Killarney First Responders voluntary group for the disrespect shown to the community defibrillator located on Main Street.

“Those that decided to use the defibrillator box as their 'stage' need to publicly apologise for this lack of respect shown.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce also released a statement saying that they are very disappointed and upset by the antics.

“An overwhelming majority of people in Killarney and businesses in the town have adhered to public health guidelines and restrictions introduced by the Government and Health Service Executive during the course of the pandemic,” Paul Sherry, President of the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said in a statement.

“It is disappointing that some people see fit to act irresponsibly with little or no respect for others. Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce pleads with everybody to behave in a responsible manner in terms of implementing COVID-19 social distancing requests and to make one final push to ensure everybody can finish the holiday season in a safe manner.”

The Chamber encourages people to adhere to social distancing, face coverings and other public health guidelines, as recommended by the authorities.

“Kerry County Council and businesses in Killarney have introduced several measures to keep everybody safe and we would urge everybody to respect them.”

Kerry Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, also said there is no excuse for the shameful scenes.

Deputy Griffin said the people involved were old enough to know the difference between right and wrong and has said that such behaviour in the town cannot be tolerated.

“Everybody has an obligation to act responsibly and not to contribute to the problem,” he said. “The message needs to go out that Killarney is not a town to party in at the moment. Large groups of people not adhering to social distancing guidelines are not welcome and these people could make many others sick and further damage the already devastated local tourism and hospitality sector.

“I commend local Gardaí for their efforts to restore order under extremely difficult circumstances while trying to cope with numerous serious situations all at the same time. Scenes of disorder on the streets of Killarney are incredibly disheartening to so many people right now.”

He said that he is encouraging people to talk to their peers in the cold light of day to discuss sensible ways of socialising and living with the virus.

“This is a difficult time for people but being extremely reckless is not an option no matter how much people miss normality. A repeat cannot occur.”

 

 

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Can you talk your way to fitness?

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.

If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.

What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.

People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.

However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.

Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).

ACCOUNTABILITY

For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.

If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.

It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.

So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.

To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.

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Former footballer to launch new book

By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.

The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.

In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.

His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.

“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.

O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.

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