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TOP OF THE CLASS: Shane Trant and Dara Lawlor, are just two of four students who achieved 601 points in St Brendan's College, Killarney. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Sem boys get over 600 points in Leaving Cert

By Sean Moriarty

There was relief all around for almost 1,900 Kerry students who got their long awaited Leaving Cert students on Tuesday – but none more so than for four St Brendan’s College students – who received over 600 points each!
Principal, Sean Coffey, congratulated all 130 Leaving Cert students on their success and the "exceptional results" the four students achieved.
“I am proud of them all,” Sean Coffey told the Killarney Advertiser. “They were a great group of lads all the way up through the school and they all have done a really good job in the Leaving Cert. We have four students who have received over 600 points and a lot more who have over 500.”
One of the first to get his results was Muckross-based Dara Lawlor. When he emerged from the reception doors of the collage shortly after 9am on Tuesday, his mother, well-known local dentist Susan Gleeson was there to greet him.
When he revealed he had scored 601 points, guaranteeing him Theoretical Physics in Trinity College Dublin, she burst into tears.
“I am just elated,” she said.
Dara praised the school system for his success.
“Most of the hard work was done in the study hall after school,” Dara said.
A short time later his classmate and neighbour Shane Trant emerged from the same doors and he too had scored an impressive 601 points.
Shane’s family run Trant’s Pharmacy on Park Road, but he has decided on a future in economics rather than following the family business.
“I am very happy,” Shane told the Killarney Advertiser. “If you told me in June I probably would not have expected it, but overall I am delighted.”
The other two 600-plus students did not collect their results from the school on Tuesday morning.
Ballybunion student Sarah O’Connor achieved the highest points possible – 625 – and will go on to study medicine at UCC.

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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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