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Sem song created to wish everyone a happy Christmas

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By Michelle Crean

A special Christmas video which was posted online this week has already reached almost 3,000 views as boys in The Sem wish the community a happy Christmas.

As it has been a difficult year for everyone and as performances couldn't go ahead this year, music teachers Mish O'Donoghue and Niamh O'Connell from the school decided to do something for the people of Killarney.

"We in the Music Dept in St Brendan's have missed the buzz and excitement around performing in general but so many people in Killarney hoped that our annual carol service might still go ahead," Mish told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

"2020 has been a difficult year for everybody. Under current restrictions we knew this would be impossible and so decided to try to create something where we could still convey a Christmas sentiment. We wanted to let people know that we are thinking of them and that while they were missing out on that special night we are also missing the encouragement and support they have been giving us for so many years now. We decided therefore to bring our music out to the people of Killarney and began recording at the beautiful Tree of Light in front of our magnificent cathedral."

First year students Dara Lynch and Ronán Bennett sang the opening song 'This Christmas' and then senior students, lead by Rian Colleran on guitar, sang 'Maybe This Christmas'.

"They finished the recording on Thursday night in College Street under the fabulous Christmas lights and then did some frantic editing during the day on Friday before posting the video on Friday evening," she said.

"We are delighted to have got such a positive response and want to thank all who have contacted us for their kind words. We wish the entire St Brendan's family and everyone in Killarney a happy and safe Christmas and of course hope that before too long we will be performing live for our loyal supporters once more."

To see the full video search YouTube: A Very Sem Happy Christmas 2020.

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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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