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Over 50 clubs confirmed for Kerry Clubs Fair

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT: The Kerry Clubs Fair will take place at Killarney Racecourse next week. Front from l-r: Denis Doolan (Killarney Lions Club), Christy Killeen, Chapter 23 Credit Union, John Fuller (Killarney Lions Club President) and Nancy Hegarty (Active Retirement Group). Back from left are: Garda Darren Ronan (No Name Club), Megan Daly Tyrell (Killarney Racecourse), Ian Holohan, Donal McCarthy (Order of Malta), Helen Courtney Power (Chapter 23 Credit Union), Tim O'Donoghue and Assumpta Sweeney (KDYS) and Ronan Doyle (Lions Club). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

 

By Michelle Crean

 

If you’re up for a new challenge for 2020, then next week’s Kerry Clubs Fair is the place to visit to explore what clubs and societies have to offer.

 

Over 50 clubs have signed up to the event, which is free and open to the public, at Killarney Racecourse on Sunday, January 26, from 2pm – 5pm.

 

With an attendance of 800 at last year’s inaugural event - where clubs explain about their volunteering opportunities and new activities - it’s expected that this year will be even busier.

 

“Last year’s turnout shows that people want to find out about clubs and other organisations that are active in their community,” Killarney Lions Club President, John Fuller, said.

“We are hoping that this year we can expand our reach and attract individuals from all over the county. So if anyone wants to get involved in something new for fun or recreation, the Kerry Clubs Fair will be well worth a visit.”

 

Killarney Lions Club is hoping that in addition to providing awareness about activities that people can get involved in, the Kerry Clubs Fair will help improve health and well-being by encouraging inclusion of people from all backgrounds in their local community, addressing isolation and promoting the benefits of volunteering to people of all ages.

 

Registered clubs this year include; Order of Malta, No Name Club, Local Link Kerry, Kerry Public Partnership Network, Killarney Triathlon Club, Foodshare Kerry, Men’s Shed, First Responders, Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Tidy Towns, Southwest Counselling, Ring of Kerry Cycle, Kerry Volunteer Centre, KDYS, Tralee Art Group, Toastmasters, Kerry Stars, Scouts, South Kerry Community Games, The Saoirse Foundation/BUMBLEance children’s charity, Macra Na Feirme, Killarney Active Retirement Group, Team Hope etc.

 

“We are delighted to be the main sponsor of the Kerry Clubs Fair this year,” John O’Regan, PRO, Chapter 23, Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union said. “As credit unions are embedded into the communities that they operate in, the clubs fair is a wonderful opportunity for people to support those clubs, by volunteering, learning a new skill and becoming involved in a new activity in your local community.”

 

Clubs and societies that are interested in participating can call 087 8343150 or email: killarneylionsclub@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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The Government makes us pay financial tax, but the other two – physical and mental – are self-imposed.

No one cares if you’re slow.

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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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