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Kerry County Council (KCC) is undertaking a broad public consultation over the coming months to seek the observations, views and suggestions of members of the public and stakeholders about how the Gap of Dunloe area should be managed into the future from many perspectives including tourism, transport, access and the environment.

Congestion and delays during the tourist season on the road through the Gap of Dunloe is being experienced more frequently in recent years by both visiting and local road users. This is leading to a diminution of the experience for some visitors and is also making it more challenging for residents in the locality. The views of the public are being sought on these and all relevant issues.

The Council recognises the need to develop a sustainable approach to managing the Gap of Dunloe into the future as it is an iconic and internationally recognised feature of the Kerry landscape and is a significant attraction for visitors from around Ireland and around the world. It is one of the finest examples of a glaciated valley in Western Europe and is world renowned for its scenery. The Gap of Dunloe is an environmentally sensitive area and is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), being part of the Killarney National Park, Macgillycuddy's Reeks and Caragh River Catchment SAC. It is important therefore that the Gap of Dunloe is treated sensitively, protected and carefully managed.

The number of visitors to the area has been increasing in recent years and this included the summer of 2020 when the Gap of Dunloe was enjoyed by significant numbers of domestic visitors. The public road is the principal access to a distinct local community in the Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley and accommodates a range of normal commercial traffic serving that community.

This public consultation includes a publicity campaign, notification to the relevant state agencies, and engagement with community and business stakeholders and a letter drop locally. Observations and submissions can be made in writing and marked ‘Gap of Dunloe Public Consultation’, Administrative Officer, Kerry County Council, Roads, Transportation and Marine, Room 115, Áras an Chontae, Rathass, Tralee, Co. Kerry or by email to: roads@kerrycoco.ie. The closing date for the receipt of submissions is January 29, 2021.

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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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