AT YOUR SERVICE: Fáilte Ireland's COVID-19 Safety Charter acts as a clear visual indicator to drive confidence among holidaymakers to take a ‘safe’ break in Ireland. Bernadette Randles (pictured centre, Proprietor of The Dromhall Hotel) received the certificate this week. Pictured from left: Josephine O’Driscoll (Fáilte Ireland Team Manager Wild Atlantic Way Southern Peninsulas), Ciara O’Callaghan (Dromhall Hotel), Bernadette Randlesm (Proprietor), Cian McCarthy (Dromhall Hotel), Jenny De Saulles (Director of Sector Development, Fáilte Ireland) and Paul O’Sullivan (General Manager, Dromhall Hotel). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan
By Sean Moriarty
Holidaying in Ireland is set to become tax deductible as part of a new scheme launched this week by the Government to encourage Irish people to take their holidays at home this year.
The stay-and-spend initiative to boost tourism was confirmed yesterday (Thursday) as part of the July stimulus package following a cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle.
Domestic holidaymakers can expect to receive €125 back on a €600 spend on accommodation and restaurant bills. The refund will come in the form of a tax credit or rebate. The offer is expected to come into effect in October and run until April 2021.
The move has been welcomed by the Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) but they warned that the Government needs to do even more to save an already troubled industry.
“Any and every move must be welcomed,” Bernadette Randles, Chair of the Kerry branch of the IHF told the Killarney Advertiser.
Her family runs the Dromhall Hotel on Muckross Road, which was recently granted Fáilte Ireland's COVID-19 Safety Charter.
As the country continues to progress along the Government’s Roadmap for reopening society and business, intention to take a break in Ireland among Irish consumers is growing. Fáilte Ireland’s latest consumer sentiment research shows that 60 percent of Irish people are now planning a short trip in Ireland in the next six months. However, safety is a significant concern for people.
Responding to these insights and the potential growth in the domestic market in 2020, Fáilte Ireland has introduced the COVID-19 Safety Charter to provide reassurance for consumers that they can book their domestic holiday with confidence.
“I’m not fit enough”
How many of you have said or thought “I’m not fit enough” or even heard others say it? Quite frankly it grinds my gears. That mentality is going to hold you back. Change your “I’m not fit enough” to “I will get fit”. Break free from this limiting belief If you think you are not […]
How many of you have said or thought “I’m not fit enough” or even heard others say it?
Quite frankly it grinds my gears. That mentality is going to hold you back. Change your “I’m not fit enough” to “I will get fit”.
Break free from this limiting belief
If you think you are not fit enough then you never will be, and let’s face it, you’ll never know if you’re fit enough to do something unless you do it! You can achieve so much, much more if you have the right mindset, and that this is a mental hurdle to overcome, not a physical one.
Everyone must start somewhere, and that can be as simple as aiming to sit a little less and move a bit more.
More gentle exercises that don’t require too much skill such as walking, and housework can help start you off slowly and build up gradually. You will still be making progress, physically and mentally, and will enjoy it more. A common mistake is trying to achieve too much, too soon. If exercising feels too hard, you will be put off.
Visualisation is an athletic tool that has been used for decades. By closing your eyes and imagining what it would look and feel like to achieve a goal or to complete an exercise, we can prepare ourselves physically and psychologically for the task at hand.
Certified fitness instructors add to the cost of your workout, but they can also add a lot of value. An expert can design a program based on your goals, show you how to use equipment, and provide tips on nutrition.
Log your workouts by recording distances, weights, and other objective milestones in your fitness journey, you will be able to see progress on paper. That record can come in handy when you are feeling uninspired or lethargic
Don’t over-promise. Having goals, even lofty ones, is key to anything you want to achieve in life. Make sure the bar is reachable—even if it means aiming for just 15 minutes on a bike—so you are not overwhelmed. Don’t forget to celebrate the small wins along the way!
Research on the placebo effect has focused on the relationship of mind and body. One of the most common theories is that the placebo effect is due to a person’s expectations. If a person expects a pill to do something, then it is possible that the body’s own chemistry can cause effects similar to what a medication might have caused.
For instance, in one study, people were given a placebo and told it was a stimulant. After taking the pill, their pulse rate sped up, their blood pressure increased, and their reaction speeds improved. When people were given the same pill and told it was to help them get to sleep, they experienced the opposite effects.
Meaning when you believe something, it can and will happen. That is the power of strong mentality.
If you keep thinking you are “not fit enough” then you will believe it, but if you start to change your way of thinking and change your mindset to “get fit”, you have made a huge step in the right direction. Take small steps to start new habits no matter how small they may be, and you will start to see some remarkable results.
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Lack of street lights a concern
By Sean Moriarty Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue. Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel. “The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger […]
By Sean Moriarty
Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue.
Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel.
“The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger to pedestrians crossing the road, particularly between Woodlawn Cross, and what was formerly the Whitegates Hotel,” he told a recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District.
The council said that the area was subject to a recent upgrade and that additional lighting would not be installed along this section of road on top of the 19 LED lights already placed there.”
“The lighting was installed, commissioned, light levels checked and provides adequate illumination to meet the relevant lighting design standards,” a council spokesperson told the meeting.
Mr O’Donoghue also called for a new street light to be placed on the junction where the L.3015 meets the slip road by Glenflesk National School: “to facilitate the safe passage of school children walking home during the Winter months.”
Kerry County Council reviewed the request but said: “This proposal would not comply with Kerry County Council’s Public Lighting Policy.”
COMMENT BY KILLARNEY ADVERTISER
While this Killarney Municipal District meeting took place hours before the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy in Tullamore, it drives home the importance that all our citizens are entitled to feel safe in their locality. The addition of a few extra street lights in the areas mentioned is not too much to ask.
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