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Workers retire after combined 90 years’ service

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RETIREMENTS: Three members of Killarney Municipal District, Chris Brosnan (Firies), James O’Leary (Ballyspillane) and Dermot O’Connor (O’Kelly’s Villas), who have 90 years' service completed have retired. They are pictured with Noel O’Leary (Town Foreman).

 

By Michelle Crean

It's a case of where everybody knows your name - as three town workers with a combined 90 years' service - have retired from their roles with Killarney Municipal District.

Christy Brosnan, Dermot O’Connor and Jimmy O’Leary are well-known faces as the ourdoor staff who constantly meet members of the public have each shown outstanding commitment, dedication and service to the town of Killarney.

Dermot,who resides in O’Kellys Villas, retired on October 28 with 40 years service completed. He became a permanent member of the outdoor staff with the Killarney Urban District Council in 1983. Dermot started with the Street Cleaning section and later transferred over to Refuse Collection. For the past 24 years he was a permanent fixture on the streets of the town. He was a well-known sight with his cart, sweeping the streets - always with a smile on his face. Dermot helped to ensure that the streets of Killarney always looked pristine.

Jimmy O’Leary residing in Ballyspillane, retired on October 20 following 20 years’ service with Kerry County Council. Jimmy was a member of the street cleaning department throughout his service. Like Dermot, he was out on the streets early in the mornings, before shop shutters had raised. He worked tirelessly, maintaining our streets, lanes and roads to the highest standards. He loved his many encounters with the people on the streets and it many a story he could tell. He was a great hand at giving directions and recommendations to the visitors to the town and always with a smile on his face.

Christopher (Christy) Brosnan retired on August 26 after nearly 30 years of service with Kerry County Council. From Firies, Christy started his employment with the former Killarney Urban District Council. He worked in all sections at varying times, starting in the Street Cleaning section and also serving in the Roads, Refuse and Gardening departments over the years. Christy carried out his duties to an extremely high standard and worked hard throughout his career with the Council. Christy always had time to stop and chat with locals and tourists alike.

All of their colleagues in the Killarney MD wish Christy, Dermot and Jimmy a very happy retirement.

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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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