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WEIGH TO GO! Denise O'Connell from Mill Road made the regional finals of Slimming World's Woman of the Year 2019 in Dublin. Denise is pictured with SW Consultant Marie O'Sullivan. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

 

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By Michelle Crean

 

She’s over 5 stone lighter - but it’s not just a weight loss achievement that saw one local lady nominated for the regional finals of Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2019 on Sunday.

Denise O’Connell from Mill Road, who is a member of Marie's Slimming World Killarney, made it to the last 14 in Dublin for the finals out of a possible 92,000 Slimming World members across the country.

Denise, who has gone through many life struggles in recent times, was voted by her fellow Slimming World members as they describe her as inspirational, motivational and kind.

Denise is a target member and a diamond member meaning she has lost 5st 3lb and kept it off for over a year.

After being heavy all her life, mother of two Denise who works as a SNA in St Brendan’s College, decided to lose the weight for good.

However, just after joining she learned her son Fiachra had cancer and while that’s enough for anyone to deal with, she also struggled with slipped discs – but managed to stay on the plan and inspire fellow slimmers.

Now, all’s good with Fiachra and she’s fit and healthy and volunteering her time with the Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning groups.

“I started in May 2016, my starting weight was 14 stone 2Ibs,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I went to a wedding wearing a size 22 and couldn’t sit down – that was the deciding factor.”

She said the plan suited her and now it’s her turn to help others. Her motto is ‘because I’m worth it’ and now enjoys wearing fashionable clothing and a new lease of life.

 

“I want to live a healthy life.”

 

Consultant Marie O’Sullivan added that Denise is an exceptional person.

“Through all these scary times she kept going. She’s incredible and one of the strongest people I know. She’s such a support to the people in the group. She just gives up her time for everyone else. She’s exceptional.”

 

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

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Killorglin mother and son pen poetry book

By Michelle Crean What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son. The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just […]

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By Michelle Crean

What do roses, wrens, King Puck, fairies and Santa Claus have in common? Well, all now feature in a new children’s book co-written by a mother and son.

The new illustrated poetry collection for children, ‘A Very Kerry Year’, by Killorglin mother and son, Jacinta and Conor Browne, has been published just in time for Christmas.

And all proceeds will be donated to Comfort for Chemo, an organisation whose mission it is to build and equip a chemotherapy unit for the people of Kerry.

The charity is close to the young author’s heart as Conor himself was undergoing cancer treatment while writing this book.

With original poetry by the mother and son, the book also has another separate family connection as the talented illustrators are local artists, father-daughter duo Con and Rochelle Lucey, with each page awash with colour and beautiful drawings.

“I know first-hand how important it is to have a comfortable environment while receiving chemotherapy,” Conor said.

‘A Very Kerry Year’ is currently available for €12 from The Crystal Cave and the Reeks District Tourist Office in Killorglin and will soon be available in many more outlets throughout the county.

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