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Song holds a special place in singer’s heart

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By Michelle Crean

A Killarney singer songwriter has released her version of a much loved song which resonates with people worldwide.

Killarney’s Grace Foley wanted to record the song 'Danny Boy' for many years and recently launched it by singing at the Europe Hotel & Resort to mark the occasion.

“I don't think I've been so excited to release a song in a very long time,” Grace told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“After many years of waiting, I finally recorded my version of 'Danny Boy' with Brendan O’Connor at Little Dylan Recording Studio Killarney. I am really proud of what myself and Brendan came up with. I feel this particular song is special. It is so loved all over the world.”

She said she recorded the video on the last day of 'normality', Thursday, March 12.

“We stood by the lakeside at the Hotel Europe Killarney, unaware that decisions were being made about closing all schools and colleges.”

On Friday just gone, she said it was a completely different experience.

“As we left, we got word that Ireland was beginning to open up again. There seemed to be a real sense of balance and serendipity to the whole experience. I am so grateful to everyone at the Europe for having us, most especially David Cronin who took such good care of us. The hotel also shared the video on their Facebook page and the views were immediately flying up.”

She added that the song has a special way of reaching people.

“There's something even more special about it now, after all the loss our country has experienced in such a short time.”

The song has already been played on Radio Kerry and is going to feature on stations worldwide from Dublin to America to Wales.

See her Facebook, Instagram page and YouTube channel: 'Grace Foley Singer' to see the official video. The song is available to download across all platforms including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Bandcamp and Spotify.

The Arts Council has sent its congratulations to six Kerry artists, including Grace, who have each been awarded a €3,000 grant to help them make new and original work during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Government agency for funding and developing the arts said applications from County Kerry artists had scored very highly. Visual Artists Mieke Vanmechelen and Andrew Duggan, musicians Michael Jones and Brendan O’Sullivan, and Neil Flynn involved in theatre, were also successful.
The Arts Council said that across the whole of the country it was encouraged by both the quality of the applications, and the fact that almost two thirds of the successful artists had never before been funded by the Arts Council.

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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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