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Miss Clare, Rebecca O’Neill in her first column highlights how she is making the the most of her 5km radius in Shannon during Level 5 restrictions.

For some people, it can be hard to even think about physical well being let alone actually doing it. I want to highlight what makes it easier. Considering we live in a beautiful county like Clare, the exquisite views and scenery make it that bit easier.

While staying within your 5km distance, it is still an option to stay active and embrace everything around you. Everyday I like to go for a walk along the Shannon Loop. Containing three points this place has a lot to offer in terms of nature and walking trails. Even on wet and rainy days, put on your waterproof jacket/high vis and set off on this enjoyable walk with views of the Shannon Estuary making you feel refreshed for the day ahead.

There are no excuses when it comes to beautiful areas like this. Adding walks into your everyday routine during lockdown are essential for a lot of people’s mental health. To make you feel like you have taken on something productive and healthy.

The boreen is another trail that can be found along the original route way to Tullyvarraga. The trail leads to the beautiful yet historic Hastings farmhouse. This historic Farmhouse can be found only a few hundred metres from the Shannon Estuary. Dating back to 1840 this farmhouse involves so much history and is the last dwelling of the route.

It is half the battle when you get to walk in places like this. A positive quote that I like to live by, to get me out and about even on the rainiest of days is “Waking up motivated every day isn’t a talent. It is a mindset and lifestyle.”

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