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NEW SCULPTURE: Noel O’Leary (Town Foreman) with Cllr Michael Gleeson (Killarney Looking Good) and Mayor of Killarney Cllr Brendan Cronin pictured beside the new wooden sculpture on East Avenue Road. Photo: Sean Moriarty

By Michelle Crean

A brand new wooden sculpture is getting admiring glances this week after being unveiled in town. The installation located on East Avenue Road, carved by Tommy Craggs, includes a monk, crozier, quill and a book representing the story of Innisfallen.

“It's long been an aim of the committee to have the story of Innisfallen represented in our town," Yvonne Quill, Chairperson of the Looking Good Committee, said.

[caption id="attachment_34713" align="alignleft" width="293"] HARD AT WORK: Tommy Craggs working on the wooden sculpture.[/caption]

"The group set about the project in 2019, but it was delayed as result of COVID-19. The piece was carved by Tommy Craggs from a piece of fallen oak from the National Park. The piece includes a monk, crozier, quill and a book representing the annals. The paving surrounding the installation, which really sets it off, was carried out by Municipal District staff."

She added that the project was funded by South Kerry Development Partnership through LEADER and Kerry County Council’s Community Support Fund and would not have been possible without the support of the Men's Shed, Kerry Mental Health, National Parks and Wildlife Services, Billy Tangney Tree Surgeon and Paul Purcell, a volunteer with Killarney Looking Good.

Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Councillor Brendan Cronin welcomed the installation.

"The annals play an important part in chronicling early Irish history and Innisfallen is such an important part of Killarney’s history and heritage it is important that this is recognised in the town. This is another excellent project undertaken by the Looking Good Committee and an addition to our town."

 

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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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