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KBC and WellFest are returning to bring Europe's largest outdoor health, fitness and wellness festival all around Ireland on a summer tour.

Which city is next on their wellness pop-up list? Cork Showgrounds, Curraheen. 

Corkonians will get a real taste of what WellFest is all about on July 6, with experts such as Karl Henry, Roz Purcell and Derval O'Rourke set to feature.


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Tickets to the Cork wellness event are now on sale, and those who attend can look forward to leaving the place feeling refreshed and inspired to put health first.

The pop-up has the most incredible line-up, involving some of Ireland's biggest names in the health and fitness industry.

Bestselling cookery author, personal trainer and host of podcast Bite Back, Roz Purcell, will make an appearance. The nation's leading personal trainer, broadcaster, and host of The Real Health podcast, Karl Henry, will also be a guest.

We're so excited to see Olympian, world champion, bestselling author and coach on Ireland's Fittest Family, Derval O’Rourke on the panel. She's an absolute queen.


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Tom Dalton, founder of TD Fitness, will also be on the discussion panel, as well as Damy Redmond of Platinum Pilates; The Coaching Circle; mobility expert Brian O’Loughlin of Movement 101 and yoga and meditation instructor Lee Tracey.

Some of the highlights from the day includes a wellness panel with the three line-up stars, Pilates with Damy Remond, bodyweight HIIT with Tom Dalton and a slow yoga flow and meditation with Lee Tracey to wind the day down with relaxation.

Self-care, self-belief and resilience will also be a prime focus of the day thanks to The Coaching Circle. It's guaranteed to inspire you to progress yourself, a bit like The Fab Five from Queer Eye.


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The WellFest Summer Tour hosted a sold-out wellness pop-up event for 500 lucky visitors in Salthill, Galway recently.

The tickets to the Cork day are highly limited, and are available now for only €20 on wellfest.ie. Cork WellFest will occur from 10am until 3:30pm in the Cork Showgrounds.

In 2019 alone, Wellfest has attracted over 10,000 people to it's life-changing event, which promotes a healthy lifestlyle both physically and mentally. This year looks set to be the best yet.

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Derval O’Rourke, former champion hurdler for Ireland has given birth to her first baby with husband Peter O’Leary.

The 33-year old athlete from Cork, retired from international sports last year and made her pregnancy on twitter on Mother’s Day this year.

Speaking to The Herald last year she explained she wasn’t going to consider starting a family until after she had finished competing.

"You definitely can't jump hurdles being pregnant. We both want kids but I think I'll have to retire before we think about it,” she explained.

On Sunday she took to twitter to announce her baby news. She welcomed her little girl Dafne O’Leary to the world a few days ago and thanked the hospital staff.

She and Peter married in 2013 after they met on a flight back to Ireland from China. They had both been competing in the 2008 Olympics at the time.

Derval is a two-time European silver medallist but her biggest triumph was in Moscow in 2006 when she won a gold medal at the world indoors.

Earlier this year Derval had hit out at how long it was taking to upgrade her 2013 bronze medal from the European Indoors and said the appeals process “isn’t fair on clean athletes”.

Since she has retired she also released a cook book, Food for the Fast Lane, filled with all the tips and tricks she used to help her achieve her gold-medal wining status. She described her book as:

“It's very much a home cook book. For me it's eating really tasty healthy food every day. It’s about a lifestyle and I wanted to make the book quite personal to me."

Congratulations to the happy family!


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This is the final week for non-profits and voluntary groups to enter The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, with the deadline of June 29th at 6pm fast approaching.

€125,000 is available from the Fund – in five separate €25,000 grants – for projects that reflect new ideas to get people more active, more often.

Applications for the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund 2015 can be made at www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou.

New Ideas

The Fund would like to hear from a broad range of organizations with novel ideas to motivate their community, or indeed the whole country, to get moving. Projects can involve traditionally popular sports or newer forms of physical activity. The Fund is searching for organisations that have the passion and energy to get a new project off the ground and get people excited about taking part.Derval OR

Fund Ambassador, Derval O’Rourke

Derval O’Rourke, Coca-Cola Thank You Fund ambassador, said: “I’m hoping to uncover some fantastic community initiatives that make it possible for the public to access activity programmes within their locality, and would urge all organisations with ideas for ways we can all get more active to apply now.”

In celebration of the Fund, Derval has put together her top ten tips to help you get active. Click here to read those tips on the Coca-Cola Journey website.

A Little Inspiration

Looking for some inspiration for your entry? Click here to watch a video of Canoeing Ireland’s Kayak Instructor Training Initiative which received €25,000 from the Fund last year.