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Spa’s video archive to go online

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By Sean Moriarty

Spa GAA club is in the process of placing its huge video archive online - some of which dates back 40 years - and fans will be able to access it via YouTube.

 

Club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy has set up a channel on the popular site for the club, and over the next couple of weeks will upload video footage that features club games and sports events that the club was involved in over many years.

“During the last lockdown we uploaded loads of old photos to our website and this proved to very popular,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “This is the next step in that idea.”

Most of the footage is either owned or in the possession of the Cronin family.
Club member Sean Cronin is a regular sight on the side-lines as he records various club matches. His son Shane, who is also a club member, was a video enthusiast during his teenage years and has captured several historical occasions on the same camera his father now uses.

The Cronin family inherited much older footage from Sean’s late uncle Archie Cronin and the family is currently sifting through boxes of material ahead of transferring the footage from the old reel style format into a digital format.

One famous match, the 1995 Kerry Intermediate Football final will be uploaded in the coming days.

The footage features commentary from Gary O’Sullivan and it is believed to be one of the first matches he relayed to viewers. O’Sullivan went on to a very successful and popular sports broadcasting career with Radio Kerry.

“I moved house about 12 years ago. There are boxes of tapes belonging to my late uncle and it is a case of finding the box and the reels,” Sean Cronin told the Killarney Advertiser. “We have footage somewhere of a 1980s sports day at Spa, long before the clubhouse was ever built. It will bring back huge memories for people.”

Recently uploaded footage shows the 2008 East Kerry Under 12 Division 1 final between Spa and Dr Crokes.

​​​​​​​Current County star Gavin White is shown playing for Dr Crokes while a young girl is seen playing for Spa at a time when mixed teams were allowed at underage level.
That match can be viewed via YouTube by searching Spa GAA Club Killarney: 2008 East Kerry U12 Div1 Final Spa v Dr Crokes.

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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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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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