Geraldine and Mairead lift their way to Gold

Mairead McMahon from Tralee and Geraldine Shannon from Lixnaw brought two gold medals (one each) back to their hometown last weekend when they beat off stiff competition in their weight categories at the Weightlifting Ireland National Masters Championships in Waterford. Both ladies also achieved National records.

The competition was Olympic Weightlifting standard – a highly technical sport which required strength, power and speed. Both lifts were tested –the snatch and the clean and jerk.

Mairead is owner and coach at Achieve Fitness in Monavalley. She dedicates a lot of time to Women’s health and fitness. The gym sees an increasing number of women taking up strength training at ages 30 to 55 years which has great benefits for long term health. Some like Geraldine progress and go on to become national title holders.

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Ruby wedding celebrations for Pat and Julia

Tralee couple Pat and Julia McCormack celebrated their ruby wedding last weekend – first with a meal out with immediate family in Cassidy’s and then with a celebration with their grandchildren at their son Gary’s home.

Pat and Julia’s family are well known in the town –they both grew up in Tralee and met up when they worked at Cameo Bakery –in the days when dancing in the Brandon and a night out in Horan’s Hotel was a must.

They have two sons including Gary, married to Jemma O’Loughlin and they have two girls Mia and Faye, and son Alan whose partner is Kirsty Hill and they have two boys Bradley and Devon –their grandchildren range in age from 9 years to 5 months.

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