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Help kids build a fairy garden





I have enjoyed ‘grubbing’ in the garden for as long as I can remember. When I was very young my parents gave me a piece of the garden, under a massive sycamore tree.

They never made a ‘Gardener Barbie’, but my poor dolls were all dragged out and came back the worse for wear, along with copious amounts of spoons! At least children sized trowels are easily available nowadays! In any case, being outside as a child certainly made me more aware of nature, broadened my knowledge and fed my imagination.

And so, I encourage everyone to go outside with their kids! Give them a piece of the garden – as in my own case, it can be a bit of wasteland where nothing really grows; under a tree, under the playhouse, beside the shed – there are lots of ideal places.

Fairy gardens are a great way to get kids interested, and very easy to create, especially with the help of a stump or a few rocks! It can be gradually expanded to become a rockery, as alpine plants generally grow very well in areas where the soil is poor. Also, they do not grow too big – perfect for small hands.


Sempervivum is an ideal little plant, it is a succulent, which means it needs little water, and remains small. It looks a bit like a cactus and piques kid’s interest. They are also called ‘house leeks’ and are said to bring good fortune! Currently they are being marketed as ‘Hen and Chicks’, a very appropriate name as they produce small offshoots, or babies. These can be cut off, put into a pot and kept moist, where they will root within a few weeks. Sedums, which are also succulents, are as easy to propagate, just cut a piece off, about 5cm in length, stick it into a pot of gritty soil to a depth of about 2cm, and again, within a short space of time there will be roots. These are some of the first plants I ever propagated and the satisfaction is immense, as well as quick enough not to lose interest. Other plants suitable for fairy gardens are campanula, aubretia, small grasses, and helianthemums. While there are many items for sale to populate the fairy garden, it is also a fantastic pastime to make your own fairy doors and portals. Using tester pots of outdoor wood paint is a cheap and cheerful way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Alternatively, bug gardens hold a great fascination for children. A good book and a website like is very helpful. Again, planting and sowing wildflowers are a quick way to keep the interest alive, and building bug hotels and ladybird hostels is a productive way to spend an afternoon!

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New free local fitness group to motivate people back to health

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness  Our mission at Activate is to extend and enhance the lifespan of 7,000 people in Killarney which is why we have set up a […]




By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Our mission at Activate is to extend and enhance the lifespan of 7,000 people in Killarney which is why we have set up a free health and fitness group. 

Our primary vehicle is our gym but we do a lot of other stuff, too, like:

* Train kids how to exercise in schools
* Helping frontline workers with their mindset
* Supporting local fitness events and teams
* Running fun social events in the community
* Raise funds for local charities

We’ve won awards for this stuff, but the real reward is moving the Killarney community back towards health. So today, I’m thrilled to share a free Facebook group: ‘Fitness, Nutrition & Health in Killarney’ with you.
Visit this link to join:

In that group, we’ll share helpful posts, tips, and support for everyone, whether you exercise at Activate or not. We’re also welcoming other health and fitness practitioners to join the group and help people find valuable and sensible advice around health and fitness.

When you join, Facebook will ask you a few questions, then my team will be around to support you and give you stuff to help.

If you have questions about fitness, health, longevity, nutrition, or exercise, go ahead and ask! If you have answers, please share! Let’s get some positive momentum going in Killarney!

What’s the deal with motivation?

I was having a discussion with a new client the other day and it came up that they sometimes feel a lack of motivation to keep working out. I know many of you feel like this sometimes, so I thought I would write about it today.

I really believe in discipline, as motivation is fleeting – but we’ll address this anyway. There are a few things that you can do to fool-proof the system. Here’s five ways.

1. Find an accountability partner:

When it comes to working out, having someone to hold you accountable can be a huge motivator. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or even a fitness coach, knowing that someone is counting on you to show up for your workout can help you stay on track.

2. Set realistic goals:

Setting goals is a great way to stay motivated, but it’s important to make sure they are realistic. If your goal is too lofty, you may find yourself getting discouraged when you don’t see results as quickly as you’d like. However, if your goals are achievable and realistic, you’ll be more likely to stick with your workout plan and see the results you want.

3. Find a workout routine you enjoy:

If you dread your workouts, it’s going to be very difficult to stay motivated. However, if you find an exercise routine that you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. There are so many different types of workouts out there, so take some time to experiment and find one that fits your needs and interests. I feel a key facet many of us in the health and fitness industry miss regularly is making sure people are always engaged and challenged, so it remains fun to work out!

4. Reward yourself:

This one sounds a little weird, but for some, it can really work. One way to stay motivated is to reward yourself after setting a goal and reaching it. Whether it’s your favourite snack or a new piece of workout gear, treating yourself to something special can help keep you on track.

5. Get enough sleep:

This is the one thing we all hear that’s drilled into our brains – but for good reason! It’s important to get enough sleep when you’re trying to stay fit and healthy. When you’re well-rested, you’ll have more energy for your workouts and you’ll be less likely to skip them. So make sure to get plenty of rest each night!

Following these tips can help you stay motivated to workout, even when it feels like a struggle. Just remember to be patient, set realistic goals, and find an exercise routine that you enjoy. With a little effort, you can reach your fitness goals in no time!

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

They are administered by our in-house Dr. Micheal Flynn who has been attending our salon for the past 10 years. It is the double chin and neck area that is treated and is suitable for both men and women. If you haven’t heard of fat dissolving, it is a very popular and relatively new treatment that is used to target stubborn pockets of fat on the jaw line and chin area. The injection dissolves and eliminates fat cells in a safe and effective way, making it perfect for dealing with stubborn fat that simply won’t budge with exercise.

The main ingredient is a fat dissolving substance sodium deoxycholate, which is found naturally in the body. This is injected into the treatment area which over time will destroy the fat cells. These are then removed from the body by its own lymphatic system, a complex network that rids the body of unwanted toxins and waste.

It is important to understand that fat dissolving injections are not a weight loss treatment. The injections should only be used on people who are a healthy size or carrying a little extra weight. It’s most effective on the pockets of fat stored under the jawline, known as the double chin, a migration of fat cells from the cheeks to the jaw line.

The injections work at a slow pace. It can take serval weeks for full results, but once it’s gone, it’s gone. The results are permanent, once you don’t gain a massive amount of weight.

The next clinic is Monday August 22. To book an appointment or more information, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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