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    100 Fit Days

    Most of us make some commitment to getting fit every summer, even if that only amounts to a mental commitment. Yvonne Hogan, editor of the Irish Independent’s Fit magazine, knows what it takes to get fit and she joins me now in studio.

    Also our fitness expert Pat Divilly was in our Galway studio.



    The sun is out the clothes get a little skimpier, but who wants to be toning their torso indoors? Now is the opportunity to get out and about. 

    Pat Divilly of Pat Divilly Fitness in Galway and author of the 21 Day Jump Start Plan joined Sean from our Galway studio.

    Training ideas-

    Park benches for step ups, tricep dips, modified push ups.

    Playgrounds with monkey bars.

    Football pitch or running track for longer running sessions.

    Hills for hill sprints, a faster more intense way of getting in a cardiovascular training!


    Sample 15 minute outdoor session 1:

    Circuit repeated as many times as possible in 15 minutes after a quick warm up:

    -10 Push Ups

    -10 Squats

    -10 Step Ups

    -200 Meter Run


    Sample outdoor Deck Of Cards Workout:

    After a warm up assign a different exercise to each suit of the deck of cards.

    For exampleDiamonds-

    Push Ups

    Hearts- Squats

    Clubs- Lunges

    Spades- Burpees


    Work through the deck. With each card you turn over you have the corresponding number of repetitions to perform. Work through the whole deck of cards. Queen, king, jack and aces each count as 10 repetitions. Example 6 of diamonds would be 6 push ups, queen of hearts 10 repetitions and so on......



    Since 1990 the has been a four-fold increase in the number of deaths by suicide and is the most common cause of death among our young people. Talking about suicide does not make it happen, but suppressing the conversation may do.One film, launched in January   and called “Finding Mike” was released by one young man experiencing suicidal thoughts and tells a remarkable story of hope and compassion. It has gone viral around the world.

    Sean was joined by Jim Lucey, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, University of Dublin and Medical Director at St Patricks Mental Health Services.


    Man to Man

    Over 3000 men are newly diagnosed with the condition in Ireland each year and the Irish Cancer Society are today launching the Man to Man Storybook, a book for men experiencing prostate cancer with 11 real life stories designed to offer hope and support to other men with prostate cancer.

    It will be launched by one of the heroes of Italia 90, Packie Bonner and he joined Keelin in studio along with Donal Buggy, Head of Services, Irish Cancer Society.

    Packie also spoke about Roy Keane's possible move to Celtic...


    Antibiotics Crisis

    When was the last time you were on antibiotics? Chances are, it was not too long ago. We all take advantage of what some say is the greatest medical discovery of all, but recently the threat to the existence of antibiotics has been highlighted in no uncertain terms.

    Joining Keelin in studio was Dr Fiona Walsh, biology lecturer and antibiotic resistance expert in NUI Maynooth, to discuss the future of antibiotics.



    Well, the last time we had Pat Divilly in with us we were inundated with questions about fitness and weight control, so we thought we’d get him back in. Pat is author of owner of Pat Divilly Fitness and author of the 21 Day Jump Start Plan.

    So, from weekend warriors to absolute beginners, feel free to text us on 51551 or e mail us on


    World Hypertension Day

    According to the International Society of Hypertension, high blood pressure is the number one cause of disease in the developed countries. Approximately 1 in 4 adults have high blood pressure which often goes undiagnosed which can lead to heart attacks and stroke.  So how do you protect yourself from stroke?

    Saturday was World Hypertension Day and Sean was joined in studio by Professor Eoin O’Brien, Professor of Molecular Pharmacology at  The Conway Institute, University College Dublin.


    Mental Health Recovery

    How can mental health professionals assist people recovering from psychiatric ill health and what form does that recovery take?

    Medical Director at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services Professor Jim Lucey joined Sean to look at this this morning.



    For many of you the onset of the summer can inspire us to get a grip on the shape we are in. Whether it’s the Women’s Mini Marathon next month, the full marathon in the autumn or simply trying to drop a dress size or two for the summer holidays, getting the time to get in shape can be a daunting task.

    But fear not, for those of you who use the excuse “I don’t have time to exercise” – that’s now a thing of the past. Here to tell us why, was personal trainer, and author of 21 Day Jump Start: A Health and Fitness Guide for Everyone - Pat Divilly.

    Can Research Eliminate Cancer

    Cancer rates are expected to increase over the next six years and it is estimated that by 2020, 40,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Ireland each year. The role of research and how it can eliminate cancer was the main topic of discussion at a free public event entitled ‘Can Research Eliminate Cancer?’ organised by the Irish Cancer Society yesterday in Dublin and Sean was joined by Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society, Prof. John FitzPatrick.

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