Peo­ple from across the county tell us what they will do af­ter the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve

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John Con­nolly, Fire Sta­tion Of­fi­cer, Ark­low

For lo­cal fire­man John Con­nolly New Year Reso­lu­tions are things which do not cost him much thought usu­ally but in 2009 he says fit­ness is some­thing he hopes to im­prove.

‘It’s not re­ally a tra­di­tion for me to make reso­lu­tions how­ever I will try and keep a bit fit­ter and do more walk­ing.’

In John’s role as a fire of­fi­cer fit­ness is para­mount and hav­ing a good level of strength and stamina is vi­tal for this role.

‘It is def­i­nitely re­quired within the Fire Ser­vice and the older we get the more we have to do to keep at a good level of fit­ness. I don’t smoke and drink very lit­tle how­ever so I don’t have any vices that must be given up how­ever.’ Aimee Doyle, win­ner of Face of Bray 2008

My new year’s res­o­lu­tion for 2009 is to stop shop­ping so much and spending all my money on clothes and shoes! I’ve been do­ing well so far since Christ­mas. Pat Mitchell, for­mer Coiste na nÓg Chair­man

‘My New Year’s res­o­lu­tion would be to re­main in good enough health to go to see as many dif­fer­ent games of the sport I love so much. I stepped back a lit­tle bit from the front-line but I still in­tend to watch as many games across the county as I pos­si­bly can. Hope­fully I will have the good health to be able to do so. I also hope the Wick­low County foot­ball side have an­other good sea­son and that the ju­ve­nile team con­tinue to flour­ish.’ Sean Olo­han, singer/song­writer with the band Avoca

‘Well I will have to start bring­ing my dog out for long walks and some ex­er­cise. He’s get­ting to that age now. Plus it will give me some ex­er­cise as well. Then I just hope to spend more time with the busi­ness, es­pe­cially in th­ese times of re­ces­sion. Hope­fully that will have some sort of pos­i­tive im­pact.’ Mayor John O’Brien, Wick­low Town Coun­cil

‘I gen­uinely in­tend to start swim­ming more of­ten. I al­ways en­joyed it when I was younger but have slack­ened off a bit over re­cent years. Nowa­days I only re­ally swim if I am on hol­i­days but I am de­ter­mined to change that. It’s a great way to keep fit.

‘When I was around 17 or 18 I got a Har­vard Uni­ver­sity Train­ing man­ual for swim­ming and I re­mem­ber that well. Un­for­tu­nately, like when I played foot­ball, I only have feet any good for stand­ing. I played a cou­ple of times as full-back and was bru­tally ex­posed. It was goal­keeper du­ties for me af­ter that.

But swim­ming is some­thing I in­tend to do reg­u­larly. It re­ally does ex­er­cise very mus­cle in your body.’ Scott O’Neil, Lead singer of Peakin’ Trip­pers

It’s been a very busy year so I plan to get a few more early nights and start tak­ing it a bit eas­ier! I’ll also get stuck in to writ­ing some new ma­te­rial for the band. Mary Nolan Hickey, Man­ager of Ark­low Bay Leisure Cen­tre and marathon run­ner

‘As I have not trained prop­erly since Oc­to­ber af­ter train­ing for a year for row­ing com­pe­ti­tions and marathons I will be back in the gym in early Jan­uary. It al­ways seems dif­fi­cult to get back into it but I find it is just a mat­ter of keep­ing a good rou­tine. Cut­ting out un­healthy foods and im­prov­ing diet also helps in­crease fit­ness lev­els. Due to my job I of­ten get asked for ad­vice so I will be do­ing a lot in the New Year to as­sist those seek­ing to get fit. I al­ways say it is great to join a gym but if that’s not pos­si­ble just get out walk­ing, cycling or swim­ming.’ Donal O’Sul­li­van, Pres­i­dent of Ark­low Cham­ber of Com­merce, So­lic­i­tor and Coun­cil­lor ‘On a per­sonal level I sup­pose my res­o­lu­tion will be to hit the gym a bit more as will many peo­ple af­ter Christ­mas,’ says Donal O’Sul­li­van, newly elected Pres­i­dent of Ark­low Cham­ber of Com­merce.

On a pro­fes­sional level, how­ever Donal in­tends to be a very busy man.

‘My am­bi­tion and res­o­lu­tion as part of the Cham­ber is to get mem­bers to work more closely to­gether than ever be­fore. We must stand up for each other and take a united ap­proach. I this can be done jobs will be pre­served. What I don’t want to see is Ark­low fall back to where it was in the eight­ies. My res­o­lu­tion is to stop the town go­ing back­wards as much as I can.’ Gla­dys Shee­han, Ac­tress & Drama Teacher

Ire­land has al­ways been known as a very friendly place, but in re­cent years we have been los­ing that. I would like to ‘spon­sor’ friend­ship. And I hope other peo­ple will do the same. I will chat to every­one I en­counter in shops.

There are sim­ple acts of kind­ness peo­ple can do for each other like check­ing if a mother with a new baby or older per­son on their own need any­thing from the shops. I sup­pose I should be giv­ing up chocolate too but I’m not go­ing to do that!

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