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“We’ll fight wind turbine plans”

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By Michelle Crean

East Kerry locals - in fear for their health and well-being - this week called for an urgent public meeting as plans for wind turbines and a solar farm for their area became known.

A huge gathering turned out in Barradubh Community Field on Tuesday evening where health issues were aired as they became aware that 14 wind turbines 190 metres in height could potentially become part of their landscape.

Although it’s thought that plans for the project are in the very early stages, locals formed the East Kerry Wind Awareness Group (EKWAG) in a bid to oppose it - as they say it’ll not only ruin their beautiful landscape but cause a huge disruption to their lives due to the flicker and sound of the “monstrous” turbines.

In recent weeks, locals became aware of the plans for the project after landowners were approached by Galway consultancy business Land Solutions within MKO who represent the developer. It’s understood that no contracts have yet been signed.

Surveys were also being conducted on the roads in and around the Knocknahoe, Knockyshehane, Raheen, Barraduff and Carrigeen areas, explained local Margaret Campion.

“As far as we know no planning has gone in for the turbines and the solar farm yet,” Margaret told the Killarney Advertiser.
“But we have heard through the neighbours that surveys were being carried out in the area last month including an Environmental Impact Survey in the Raheen area.”

She explained that this area is not open for consideration by the Council and that as a community they’ll fight any plans going forward.

“The developers just want to make money, some people have no scruples. Where I live there’s a lovely walk where I can enjoy peace and quiet. To think that’ll just be ripped up is something altogether. It’s annoying to think people can land in anywhere and see what they can do with it. We don’t know the exact area yet as it’s early stages but whether it’s next to me or not we work as a community and will stick together.”

The Sliabh Luachra Wind Awareness Group (SLWAG), who won their High Court challenge in December for similar plans in their area, say that they will fully support their neighbours.

John McGarry from Land Solutions within MKO declined to make any comment when contacted yesterday (Thursday) by the Killarney Advertiser.

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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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