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