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Take ownership of your health




By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

For too long we have been led to believe that genetics play a huge role in our destiny. The bag of goods we have been sold is that it is genetics that determines your health!

While they do determine our script, we control the narrative of this script by what we do and how we operate in our environment. You have more control over your health than you have been led to believe so take ownership of these things because it matters!

How we eat, move, sleep, think and connect; these five factors of health play an intrinsic part in our overall health and longevity.

While some of the decisions we make don’t immediately show (inflammation in our body can take years to manifest), everything is connected and all these systems have rules to operate at their peak. Most importantly we control how we operate these systems.

We can take ownership and mitigate health issues by changing our lifestyle choices!

All of our internal systems operate better when we eat good food, focus on eating whole foods, quality and quantity also count.

Move more

Try not to sit down for long periods of time. Get up and move around as much as possible. Get outdoors as much as you can

Sleep well

Sleep quality matters, create a sleep routine.

Improve your mindset

If some area of your life isn’t working, take ownership and work at changing the situation, don’t complain or moan!

Reduce stress

Create a social support network and connect with those around you. Poor social support has a detrimental effect on your health.

Practice gratitude

This has been proven to rewire your brain to see and appreciate the positives in your life.

We all know we should do this but the action is the part we struggle with.
In today’s society everywhere we look there is an abundance of food, noise, screens, of stress.

In the light of this abundance lies the fight between comfort and discomfort.

Fundamentally we are built to seek comfort but we have to go up against this and lean into the discomfort because it is through this discomfort you will find health. Many rewards in life will elude you if you're not willing to be a little uncomfortable at first.

This is the first generation that is expected to live shorter than their parents.
We have gotten smarter but less healthy.

We usually don’t make these changes until we reach rock bottom or get a wake-up call.
Why not start now and re-shift your focus and identity to be the person that eats well, moves well, sleeps well, thinks well and connects well!

Make the decisions now that will enable you to be the older person that is an asset, not a liability. Make the harder choices now and set yourself up with the optimal choices to succeed as best you can, these choices will matter. Try to change the narrative now for our current generation and the generations to come.

Like the saying goes ….

Easy choices, hard life,
Hard choices, easy life.

If you would like help with making any of these changes please contact us at



Donie McCarthy to be remembered by Firies GAA with golf classic

On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a […]




On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a golf classic in his name. Donie was a key figure; player, coach, mentor and officer in the club for many years.

Michael Quirke, former team mate and part of the events’ committee, outlined the significance of remembering and acknowledging the legacy that Donie left to his beloved club. “Donie exemplified the concept of a club stalwart, his love of both the game and the development of the club was boundless. His energy towards the development of young players is truly visible today in Firies. Donie got great satisfaction from seeing young players improve, and as they got older and achieve success with Firies. During his successful playing days, he helped lead Firies to secure the O’Sullivan Cup title in 1979 and went onto manage and coach many Firies teams down through the years. Since his untimely passing in November 2022, the club has aspired to acknowledge his legacy.”

Final preparations are being put in place for the classic which takes place on Saturday, July 13, in Maine Valley Members Golf Club, Killorglin. The classic, which includes GUI handicap applied with a maximum adjusted handicap of 24 for men and 36 for ladies, promises to be a great day celebrating Donie, with top team, nearest the pin, and longest drive prizes.

Family, friends and former club mates of Donie gathered to officially launch the golf classic in Pairc Eamonn, along with Kerry Senior Footballer; Dara Moynihan to lend his support the event. The Firies GAA Club were eager to recognise L. & M. Construction, of New York City for their generous contribution towards The Donie McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic. The American company, has strong club connections and supports many of the club events. “Without this support, we would be unable to organise such events. The Club would also like to acknowledge the members who attended the launch today from young to old to recognise Donies’ contribution”. A club spokesperson said this week.

If you or your club are interested in submitting a team of four at €200 per team, you can contact Brendan Quirke 087-9172854, Dermot O’Connor 087-6958610, Michael Quirke 087-6683699 or Maine Valley Members Golf Club 066-9761979. Likewise, sponsored tee boxes are available for €50.

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Muckross Lottery goes online

Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery. The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro […]




Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery.

The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro for the benefit of local community groups and bodies including Loughquittane National School, Muckross ICA and Muckross Rowing Club among others.

Over the years, countless prize winners have also benefited in the share of jackpot and Match 3 prize wins.

The first Muckross Lottery draw was held in the summer of 1995, a year which also saw the opening of the Muckross Community Centre.
At the time, the lottery draw was a first of its kind in Killarney and was to set a fine example for the many other sports club and community lotteries that were later established in the town.

The community fundraiser has continued to be a vital support, initially securing the completion of the Muckross Community Centre and over time generating funds for the development of school, community and sporting facilities in the Muckross area.

Since 1995, the lottery has been sustained by the unwavering commitment of local sellers and a dedicated committee within the community association.

A number of the lottery’s founding members continue to sell weekly tickets to this day in support of local causes.

In a move with the times and ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Muckross Lottery, the association is now building for the future and launching its new online lottery facility.

Ahead of the online launch this month, the Association has collaborated with Irish company ClubForce, a leading provider of online lottery systems, to develop the secure online system.

It is hoped the new online facility will generate new lottery sales, extend the lottery’s reach to those living abroad and sustain the community fundraiser long into the future.

Existing lottery supporters who avail of the online option can also enjoy the benefits of new features including a weekly results email, ticket auto renewal and access to ticket purchase history. The Association are also keen to highlight that existing hard copy tickets will continue to be available and sold as normal.

The Community Association is seeking the support of all residents of the Muckross area and all those with a connection to the community, to spread the word and get behind the new online lottery.

Online tickets can now be purchased ahead of the weekly draws on June 22, June 29 and throughout July.

The jackpot for June 22 stands at €5,050 with a rollover each week if the jackpot is not won. Online lottery tickets can be purchased each week (3 tickets for €5). A single €2 ticket can also be purchased for multiple draws. The lottery’s annual ‘green’ ticket is also available online for €100 and continues to include two free draws.

Link to Muckross Lottery online.

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