Health&Fitness

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: When Drinking Becomes Dangerous

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: When Drinking Becomes Dangerous

August 22, 2014 at 9:18 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, on the abuse of alcohol and its effects… Sensible drinking Nearly one in four adults risks their health by drinking more than the recommended daily amount of alcohol. One unit is equal to 8g, or about 10ml, of pure alcohol. […]

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Siobhan Sentry: The Secret To Toning Up

Siobhan Sentry: The Secret To Toning Up

August 21, 2014 at 9:43 am Comments are Disabled

Our fitness expert, Siobhan Sentry of Advanced Fitness Education, on how to tone up… HOW many times have you said or someone you know said “I simply want to tone up” well, I’m going to write a bit about toning up and what it really means. I believe a lot […]

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Roger Harty: Exploring The Fear Factor

Roger Harty: Exploring The Fear Factor

August 17, 2014 at 9:40 am Comments are Disabled

FEAR is key to our very existence so therefore to give it its due respect I will be discussing fear and the different aspects involved with it over the next few articles. So let’s begin! What is fear? In my own words ‘fear is a reaction of my body to an […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: How To Apply CPR

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: How To Apply CPR

August 14, 2014 at 9:03 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, gives advice on applying CPR to a person suffering cardiac arrest… Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique which should be administered as soon as possible to a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest (their heart has stopped […]

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Shape Up With Siobhan: The Importance Of Recovery

Shape Up With Siobhan: The Importance Of Recovery

August 13, 2014 at 9:08 am Comments are Disabled

Our fitness expert, Siobhan Sentry of Advanced Fitness Education, speaks about the importance of recovery… Recovery…. The easy bit! However it is often neglected. All too often you see clients join the gym or begin personal training wanting to do to much too soon, almost feeling guilty when they take […]

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Roger Harty: The Meaning Of ‘Personality’

Roger Harty: The Meaning Of ‘Personality’

August 10, 2014 at 8:51 am Comments are Disabled

I STUDIED Latin up to junior cert in St Brendan’s college Killarney. If I was to be honest, at the time I didn’t have a great appreciation of ‘the Classics’ i.e. Latin and Greek. Of latter years I have come to realise how they play a huge part in the origin […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Oh My GORD! When Heartburn Strikes

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Oh My GORD! When Heartburn Strikes

August 7, 2014 at 10:03 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, gives advice on Gastro-Oesophagel Reflux Diesase (GORD)… Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is the most common cause of indigestion in Ireland. GORD affects nearly one third of the adult population to some degree at least once a month. Almost 10% of […]

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Shape Up With Siobhan: The Importance Of Overloading

Shape Up With Siobhan: The Importance Of Overloading

August 6, 2014 at 9:17 am Comments are Disabled

ARE you training or exercising but not seeing the result you want? I see clients all the time who power walk, cycle or follow gym programmes all with various different goals, from weight loss to muscle gain, but don’t see results they want. If you feel this applies to you then […]

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Roger Harty: Taking Ownership Of Your Life

Roger Harty: Taking Ownership Of Your Life

August 3, 2014 at 9:27 am Comments are Disabled

I CANNOT emphasise enough the importance of ownership in our lives. It is a key to success, health and happiness, which practically every human being strives for, but you will fail to succeed in any of these areas unless ownership is a very strong part of the relationship. I can hear […]

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At the Advanced Fitness Education open evening in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Thursday night were Jed McNamara (tutor), Siobhan Sentre (Course Director) and Melissa Ross (tutor). Photo by Dermot Crean

Fitness Business Holds Open Evening At Ballyroe

August 3, 2014 at 9:26 am Comments are Disabled

ADVANCED Fitness Education held an open evening for new students at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Thursday night. The business, which is based in Tralee Sports and Leisure Centre, has been operating for just a year and trains students to become fitness instructors and freelance personal trainers and nutrition advisors. […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Nuisance Of Ingrown Toenails

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Nuisance Of Ingrown Toenails

July 31, 2014 at 9:52 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad for more Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, gives advice on treatment of ingrown toenails… Ingrown toenails are nails that grow back into the flesh of the toe, causing pain and discomfort. When a toenail is ingrown, the nail is curved downward […]

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Shape Up With Siobhan: Strength Training Will Get You The Body You Want

Shape Up With Siobhan: Strength Training Will Get You The Body You Want

July 30, 2014 at 9:33 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad for more info on open evening this Thursday, July 31 Strength training…. it’s not just for bodybuilders! That ideal physique we all pine after, the toned or ripped look? I’ll let you in on a little trade secret, the key to getting it isn’t power walking or […]

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Roger Harty: It’s All About Attitude

Roger Harty: It’s All About Attitude

July 27, 2014 at 9:05 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above to enter a great competition IF I said to you “I don’t like your attitude” how would it make you feel? The normal reaction would be to feel a little offended or to wonder ‘who does this guy think he is’! Of course everyone’s reaction will be […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Treating The Common Skin Condition Psoriasis

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Treating The Common Skin Condition Psoriasis

July 25, 2014 at 9:14 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above for great offers Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, gives advice on treatment of constipation… PSORIASIS is a long-term condition that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin […]

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Shape Up With Siobhan: Cardio Is Essential In Any Exercise Programme

Shape Up With Siobhan: Cardio Is Essential In Any Exercise Programme

July 24, 2014 at 11:58 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above for more Our new fitness columnist, Siobhan Sentry of Advanced Fitness Education, goes through the benefits of cardio in your exercise programme… Cardio is short for cardiovascular exercise. It is any exercise or movement that increases your heart rate and blood circulation. For many people it’s all […]

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Zoe’s World: The Frightening ‘Thinspiration’ Fad

Zoe’s World: The Frightening ‘Thinspiration’ Fad

July 24, 2014 at 8:27 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad for more BEING a part of the teenage world, I experience a lot of teenager issues. A lot of people know about these issues from either experiencing them in their own childhood or from experiencing them today. Drinking, drugs and peer pressure all seem to rank […]

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Roger Harty: Attaining A State Of Awareness

Roger Harty: Attaining A State Of Awareness

July 20, 2014 at 11:51 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad to enlarge WHEN we accept things just as they are, we are sending clear messages through our thought system to our body that everything is fine just as it is. Our body thus responds as a result over a period of time with a certain inner […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Frustration Of Constipation

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Frustration Of Constipation

July 17, 2014 at 9:53 am Comments are Disabled

Click on ad to enlarge Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, gives advice on treatment of constipation… Constipation has varied meanings for different people. Stools may be too hard or too small for some, while for others defecation is too difficult or infrequent. In constipation, a […]

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Roger Harty: Acceptance Is The Key To Happiness

Roger Harty: Acceptance Is The Key To Happiness

July 13, 2014 at 10:24 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad for great offers I WISH to continue writing about acceptance (previous article here) as it absolutely essential to realising true peace and happiness. Notice that I used the word ‘realising’ instead of ‘achieving’ peace and happiness. The reason for this is that one cannot achieve true […]

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Sean’s Irish Transplant Games Trip Is A Tribute To His Brother

Sean’s Irish Transplant Games Trip Is A Tribute To His Brother

July 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm Comments are Disabled

 Click on above ad for more AN ABBEYDORNEY man, who four years ago had just a 10 per cent chance of coming through a life-saving operation, will travel to Poland next month to take part in the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships. Sean Marshall is the sole Kerry member of Transplant Team […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Causes And Treatment Of Back Pain

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Causes And Treatment Of Back Pain

July 10, 2014 at 10:15 am 1 comment


 Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, gives advice on treatment of back pain and examines what are the causes… UP to 84 percent of adults have low back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain is the largest single cause of lost working hours […]

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At the graduation for students of the Healthcare Support Course were, from left: Jack O'Doherty, Dylan O'Doherty, Linda O'Doherty, Tom O'Doherty, Dharma O'Doherty. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Students Celebrate Graduation From Healthcare Course

July 7, 2014 at 10:56 am Comments are Disabled

  Click on above ad for more IT was a momentous night for the students of a Healthcare Support Course and their families, as they graduated from the ten month long course which took place in Rahoonane Community Center. The Healthcare Support Course, which prepares people to be healthcare workers, […]

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Roger Harty: The Power Of Acceptance

Roger Harty: The Power Of Acceptance

July 6, 2014 at 10:55 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad to enter a great competition ACCEPTANCE is one of the most powerful tools that you can have in your psychological welfare arsenal. I discovered this many years ago and I regularly use phrases like ‘it is as it is’ or the infamous teenage phrase of ‘whatever’ much […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Keeping Salt Levels Under Control

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Keeping Salt Levels Under Control

July 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, looks at salt and the effect too much of it can have on our bodies… AT the moment, the average Irish adult consumes up to 66% more salt than the recommended daily amount (only 6g per day) advocated by health […]

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Roger Harty: Gratitude And The Energy Within Us

Roger Harty: Gratitude And The Energy Within Us

June 29, 2014 at 11:03 am Comments are Disabled

  Click on above ad for more IN the last article I wrote of the benefit of gratitude and why it works (read it here). I want to write more on this subject as this is the keystone to true happiness – that is how important gratitude is and it will […]

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Niall Hobbert: Ignore Negative People And Accentuate The Positive

Niall Hobbert: Ignore Negative People And Accentuate The Positive

June 28, 2014 at 8:36 am Comments are Disabled

Click on above ad for more IT’S nearly July already, wow! How many of you have stuck to your training plans to get those summer bods or did you get disillusioned with the volume of negativity? Unfortunately Ireland doesn’t lend itself too kindly to positivity, especially when you are trying to […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Advice On Feeding Your Baby

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Advice On Feeding Your Baby

June 26, 2014 at 10:09 am Comments are Disabled

Click above ad for details of special event Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, looks at the subject of feeding your baby… Feeding your baby is the most important, and confusing, part of new parenthood. There is too much advice out there—from relatives, in-laws, friends and […]

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Roger Harty: The Power Of Gratitude

Roger Harty: The Power Of Gratitude

June 22, 2014 at 10:16 am Comments are Disabled

ONE of the greatest gifts we can bring to our lives is, without doubt, the ‘Power of Gratitude’. You might well ask why is this so? The answer is because it is a ‘truth’ and the truth works. We can play with this and say it works because it is […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Looking Into Infertility Problems

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Looking Into Infertility Problems

June 20, 2014 at 9:37 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre, St Brendan’s Park, looks at the subject of infertility problems… INFERTILITY is the failure of conception in a couple having regular, unprotected sex for one year provided that normal intercourse is occurring not less than twice weekly. About 10% of all couples have an […]

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Recovery Haven All Set For Celebration Of Light

Recovery Haven All Set For Celebration Of Light

June 18, 2014 at 9:31 am Comments are Disabled

THERE’S just two days to go until thousands of people around the county take part in a special event in aid of Recovery Haven. The “Celebration of Light” event takes place this Friday at 8pm at 12 locations throughout Kerry. This has become a very important annual community event which gives an […]

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