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“She was a woman who gave so much”

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By Michelle Crean and Sean Moriarty

The devastated family of Joanne Downey, who died following a tragic accident near the Cleeney Roundabout, this week paid tribute to their loving mom - who they said “gave so much” to others.

The popular Ballydribben woman, who is originally from Knocknagoshel, was struck by a lorry at around 9am on Friday last. Emergency services rushed to the scene and she was rushed to Cork University Hospital but sadly passed away on Sunday.

The road was closed until late Friday afternoon to allow Killarney Gardai forensically examine the scene and investigating officers are seeking witnesses to the incident.

Her son Chris this week told the Killarney Advertiser that they are “heartbroken” and miss her “terribly”.

“We are heartbroken at the loss of our mom,” Chris said.

“As I said at the funeral, she was a woman who gave so much, and never asked for anything in return. There is a huge hole in our lives without mom and we will miss her terribly.”

Joanne loved her children dearly and did whatever she could to make them happy. She also loved her club Killarney Legion and made life-long friends there, friends that turned out in droves on Wednesday in Dirreen to applaud her commitment to the club.

“She loved caring for others and was so proud to qualify as a care worker last year. Mom went back to work at the age of 50, it was probably the only thing she ever did for herself and we were all so proud of her achievement. Putting on the care uniform gave her so much pride, joy and independence,” he said.

“She was a strong women, she didn’t always have it easy but she managed, raising six children pretty much single handed. I think she did a fairly good job. She raised us to look out for one another and I think if she was looking down on us the past few days she would be very proud of us all, in particular Shane and Cassie who were right by her side all week until she was finally laid to rest on Wednesday.”

He explained that his mom loved Killarney town, the sense of community here, and was always happy to get involved with different committees.

“Mom wouldn’t pass someone without stoping for a chat.”

Killarney Legion also paid tribute to Joanne this week.

“The club was devastated beyond words to hear of the very sad tragic passing of Joanne Downey early this week,” said club PRO Elaine O’Donoghue.

“Behind every club there are good women who work quietly and effectively for the good of the club, Joanne was one of these. Her loss will be immeasurable to the Legion Club. She will always be remembered within the club for her selfless work and kind heart. A true lady, family woman and Legion legend.”

She is survived by her father Joseph, children Mark, Chris, Katriana, Ellie, Shane and Cassie, and granddaughter Éabha.

She was laid to rest on Wednesday in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery following Requiem Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Meanwhile Killarney Gardai yesterday (Thursday) renewed their appeal for witnesses to the accident to come forward.

"It was at a busy time as people were going to work," Superintendent Flor Murphy told the Killarney Advertiser. "We thank the people who have already come forward but there are many more who may have seen something - it is a busy junction and there are shops and other services nearby."

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Can you talk your way to fitness?

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.

If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.

What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.

People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.

However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.

Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).

ACCOUNTABILITY

For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.

If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.

It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.

So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.

To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.

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Former footballer to launch new book

By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.

The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.

In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.

His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.

“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.

O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.

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