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A weight-loss expert in Killarney has won an award for the exceptional work she does in helping more than 200 people to lose weight at her local Slimming World groups.

Sorcha, who runs the Tuesday and Thursday Slimming World groups every week, has achieved Flagship status because of her success in supporting slimmers to reach their dream weight and in recognition of the super service she provides to those members.

The accolade is given to Slimming World consultants who support large numbers and who provide such exceptional service that members come back week after week. These members are losing weight beautifully and wouldn’t miss their weekly group for anything. It represents one of the highest levels of service in slimming and means Killarney is home to one of the best Slimming World Consultants in Ireland.

“I am delighted to have received the ‘Flagship’ award,” Sorcha says. “I absolutely love my job and I think this is a wonderful honour to receive. I adore seeing my members every week and couldn’t think of a better position to be in. We help people to shed the misery of excess weight so that they can discover the real them inside and become the person that they always dreamed of being. It’s not just about looking different though, it’s about feeling happier, healthier and more confident too. Seeing that transformation in people is what I love most about my job and I’m passionate about helping and supporting my members to change their lives by losing weight.

“I’m the face of the Tuesday and Thursday Slimming World groups, but I’ll be sharing this award with our many members. They’re the ones who make the group the success it is, with their fabulous commitment, the wonderful support they give each other every week, and, above all, their impressive weight losses while following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan. They make the group a fun, exciting place to be and I can safely say I always look forward to going to work

“The group has really put healthy weight loss on the map in Killarney. Together, members have lost an amazing 135 stone this month alone. Obesity is at record levels everywhere and with 57 per cent of adults in Killarney being affected, many people are suffering a range of weight-related health problems from diabetes to heart problems and feelings of low self-worth, things that impact on their working and personal lives every day. Struggling with being overweight affects so many of us and has an impact on our health and happiness. It’s never been more important for people to get support to make the changes needed to lead healthier lives for the good of the whole community.”

Groups are Tuesdays in The Brehon at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm or Thursdays in the Plaza Hotel at 9.30am or 11.30am. Pop along or give Sorcha a call on 086 8423317.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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