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Student’s road safety campaign wins national award

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NATIONAL AWARD: Former students of Killarney Community College, Ross McCarthy, Rogan O'Shea, Danny Cronin and John Breen, pictured with teachers John Keane and Marcia Kissane, received the first ever Irish Road Victim's Association (IRVA) Global Light of Hope Award. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

Road safety was their priority and a huge project undertaken by Killarney students meant they secured a national prize last week.

John Breen and Rogan O’Shea, now former students with Killarney Community College, travelled with teacher John Keane to the Irish Road Victim’s Association (IRVA) Global Light of Hope Awards in recognition of their road safety efforts and support of their charity.

The event took place in the Bloomfield Hotel Mullingar as part of the IRVA annual event to mark the UN World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on November 17.

Garda Peter McCarthy of the Kerry Garda Traffic Corps was also honoured for promoting the AXA RSA Road Show among students in the county which takes place annually in the INEC Killarney.

 

With the support of coordinator Marcia Keane and teacher John Keane the students themselves took on the responsibility and put a lot of work into the organisation of events throughout the year to promote road safety among students and teachers in the school. “These activities included a car crash simulator, a Garda road safety presentation, poster competitions, a quiz, a fire brigade demonstration, a school survey on attitudes to road safety and a street collection that raised €1,400 for the IRVA to name a few,” teacher John Keane told the Killarney Advertiser.

Donna Price, Founder and Chairperson for the Irish Road Victims' Association, commended the students for their very effective promotion adding that they were an example for students the length and breadth of the country, he added.

 

 

“This is the first occasion that students have been recognised for their efforts by being awarded the Global Light of Hope Award by the IRVA. This was an unexpected surprise yet a much appreciated honour for the students and the school and a lovely acknowledgement for their great work.”

 

 

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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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