Saturday 23 February 2019

New Year resolutions

The start of the new year is a great time for some inspiration and motivation, and we asked some local people what they are aiming for in the year ahead

Sheila Fitzgerald

Although statistics inform us that more than half of all resolutions fail, this does not deter the indomitable human spirit from compiling a wish list as New Year's Eve approaches.

Lifestyle gurus advocate that we should resolve to give more of our time to family and friends, and strike a healthy balance between our personal and professional lives.

They say if you have a mind to embrace new experiences this year, go for it, stop procrastinating and seize the moment.

Needless to say, the old reliables are among most people’s resolutions: to lose weight, get fit, stop smoking and cut back on alcohol.

While in the early days of the year we are all highly motivated, we tend to lose steam as the weeks go by. However, the primary goal in everyone’s life should be happiness, and if we can achieve that, everything else tends to fall into place.

The Corkman went out and about chatting to people to find out what was on their resolutions menu for 2019.

Louise Bourke, IRD Duhallow: To clear my e-mail inbox every day!

Anne Marie O’Riordan, entertainer: To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived!

Pat Hayes, Mallow Chamber: My New year’s resolution is to give more to my community and also learn to delegate more.

Maeve Myers, Mallow Chamber: My New Year resolution is to try to be more mindful. How long that will last, I don’t know!

Jack Roche, IRD Duhallow: My resolutions for the New Year are to continue to highlight the neglect of rural Ireland and to try to lose more weight.

Eugene Cosgrove, Corkman Correspondent: Keep spreading the news, and with fun and laughter on Facebook, and play the oldies on Clogher Valley Radio.

Sean Radley, Millstreet Museum: At the beginning of any New Year we feel inspired to aspire to uplifting goals. Attaining such aspirations can undoubtedly be challenging, but at least one can try! Let us begin with the more general resolves such as: seeking out a forgotten friend; appreciating the small things in life; treasuring the true gift of good health; showing empathy with those who face health challenges; laugh a little more; realise the importance of one’s spiritual life; welcome the stranger; always express gratitude.

From these more general aspirations, let us explore the more practical New Year Resolutions relevant to one’s daily life. Through a weekly feature on our Millstreet Website,, we shall continue to share many images from the past, sourced from the pictorial archive of Millstreet Museum. Such a regular feature is proving hugely popular already as precious memories are truly evoked.

We also hope to develop the Kentucky O’Leary Pictorial Project at Millstreet Museum Centre.

On our ‘Radio Treasures’ 90-minute weekly programme (9:30 to 11:00pm every Tuesday) on, I hope to include many more interesting interviews as well as the very best of music, song and musings. I suppose that if we follow the very wise advice of St Francis de Sales, we cannot go far wrong: ‘Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them!’

I also hope to visit the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2019 in Dublin’s RDS on one of the days in early January, where Millstreet Community School will have no less that six projects.

James Healy, Macra president: My two year term as National President will be ending in May, so my resolution is to spend more time with my wife and family when this incredibly busy period is over.

In addition, I hope to lose weight and become more active.

Anne Marie Lehane, Meelin: To be on time for work and Mass, and to encourage each of my children to choose one elderly neighbour and visit that person weekly.