Five Ways To Make January More Bearable

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The festive season is officially over after Women’s Christmas and most people will be back to work by Monday (if you’re not already back!).

Well it doesn’t have to be that depressing a January, so here’s a few things to go to/take part in/get excited about during the rest of the month…

1. Getting active…

There’s nothing better than exercise and fresh air to lift the mood, so let’s hope for dry weather over the next four weeks!

If you need an incentive or inspiration, then watch Operation Transformation on RTE, get a late start to the 31 Day Challenge or just get out and walk, run, swim or cycle. You’ll be feeling and looking much better after a short time.

To name but two events, the Jimmy Duffy Memorial Cycle is on Saturday, January 11 from St Pats in Blennerville and the Kerins O’Rahillys annual 10k/5k is on Sunday, January 26.

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2. Celebrating legends…

Members of the most successful Gaelic football team of all-time will be honoured at the 30th annual Kerry Supporters Club Social on Saturday, January 18 in the Ballygarry House Hotel.

This is set to be a very special night for Kerry fans where the five players — Ger Power, Pat Spillane, Ogie Moran, Mikey Sheehy and the late Páidí Ó Sé (who will be represented by his son Padraig Óg Ó Sé)— who each hold eight All-Ireland medals, will be celebrated.

Tickets at €35 are for sale through any committee member or at the main reception at Ballygarry House Hotel 066-7123322.

3. Back To The 80s…

After the massive success of last January’s event, The Rose Hotel has again teamed up with charities to bring you ‘Back To The 80s’ on Friday, January 24.

The event will benefit Comfort for Chemo and the Donal Walsh Foundation and will see the Lee Suite at The Rose Hotel transformed for one night only into an 80’s disco with DJ Chris Shortt spinning the classics from 10pm until late with a curry supper served to guests to keep the nostalgia going.

Tickets are €20pp and are available from Reception at The Rose Hotel or call (066) 7199100.

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4. Happy new year…again…

More details about this will be released later this week, but plans are advanced by Tralee Chamber Alliance for a new festival in town to celebrate Chinese New Year.

It will take place to coincide with the celebration on Saturday, January 25. It’ll be a great excuse to head into town, have fun and support local businesses.

5. Back to business on the GAA field…

If the Chinese new year festival can’t keep you in town, then all roads lead to Croke Park on Saturday, January 25 as Kerry meet Dublin again in the Allianz National League opener.

In a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final, you can be sure it’ll be a full-blooded affair.

So then, look on the bright side this month and you’ll be full of the joys of spring before you know it!

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