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NEW RUNNING GROUP: David McCarthy plans to help others by inviting them to go running regularly with him. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

 

One local man has gone from feeling a bit upside down to feeling a whole lot better thanks to running – and now he is planning to help others.

 

David McCarthy from Tiernaboul, felt life had lost its spark and often battles with bouts of depression.

However, he turned his life around when he took to the roads.

Now he runs three mornings a week and wants to help others help themselves by inviting them along for the first run next Tuesday, November 26.

“I started running and my world changed,” David told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I stopped running and life really changed for the worst. Now I run three days a week and I would like to take you with me. I promise you will feel better. You may not be able to change your life but you can change the way you feel about your life.

Trust me, I have been there but thankfully much less now. I drank and smoked for years and never exercised. I got depressed but didn't know it until I started to see repeat life patterns and realised I was not right. I know that wallowing in your own misery is easier than doing something about it but you have to take this first step.”

 

David’s routine includes running at 7.30am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Ross Castle and then 8am every Saturdays on the Old Kenmare Road.

 

“You don’t need to be an athlete and you don’t even need to be fit, that will come as a by-product, you just have to want to feel better,” he said.

“To start, you decide how far you run, but the next time you run you must try to go a little further.”

 

Anyone interested in improving their health through running can call David on 086 0776940 or just text to say you’re coming on a run.

“This is free. Your happiness and well-being is only down the road. Break the monotony and feel better,” he said.

“We'll be dead for a long time so enjoy your life.”

 

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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