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Firies locals fundraise for All Weather pitch




By Michelle Crean

Firies locals in need of an All Weather Pitch to help serve the community are appealing for support to help fund it.

Construction of the long awaited All Weather Pitch at Firies National School has finally commenced and so far, just over €17,000 has been raised of their €30,000 goal.

The plan is for construction to be finished in time for the school's reopening in September so that the youngsters, as well the rest of the community can enjoy its use.

Firies Sports Facility, a community based sport and recreation facility, offers an inclusive programme of sport to all ages and ability levels and includes a collaboration with Firies NS, Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club and Kerry Parents and Friends to encourage enjoyment, maximise participation and help people achieve their personal best.

The state-of-the-art pitch will measure 60m x 40m and will contain a high density prefabricated shock pad system, surrounded by rebound fencing. A 1.8m concrete footpath will hug the perimeter of the pitch, and floodlights will be installed to ensure the facility can be used in the evenings. Retractable goal posts will also be included. There's also plans to install a cabin with two wheelchair accessible toilets and a storage area for sports equipment.

The school's principal, Claire Doyle, has said that the children are “so excited” and are looking forward to “not playing in the mud”, and “not having games cancelled due to conditions”, once the new facility is up and running.

“It has been difficult to support physical education with our current sports facilities,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“I would appeal to the community, past pupils, at home and abroad, to support to buy into this project which will be there for many generations to come as a vital community resource.”

Before heading in to the summer break the children themselves worked hard to begin the fundraising efforts by taking on water games, hula hoop challenges, team games and more.


Many clubs and community groups in Firies and beyond will benefit hugely, regardless of age, social disadvantages, gender or disability, as every person will be able to access Firies Sports Facility.

"This facility will not only benefit people’s physical health but also their emotional and psychological well-being. Firies NS endeavours to be a very active school and we have a very extensive physical education programme that includes athletics, football, hurling, basketball, rugby, soccer, yoga, dance, orienteering, gymnastics and swimming to mention a few. Unfortunately, our school field is water logged for many months during the school year and many of the activities that we endeavour to have our children participate in are cancelled. As a result our children are disappointed and not in a position to receive the basic physical activity that they are entitled to," she said.

"We are sincerely grateful for all donations received to date. However, we still need help in order to make this dream a reality. We hope to reach our goal with the help of our fantastic community, those near and far, who may be in a position to donate."

To donate, search GoFundMe: 'Firies Sports Facility All Weather Pitch'.

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Taking care of your skin at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning and exfoliating your face, neck and décolleté.

Serums, eye creams and moisturisers: Moisturising provides a protective layer to the skin that locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated. This hydration is what gives your skin a smooth and luminous appearance. This is the step in your skincare routine you don’t want to skip. We always apply the serum closest to the skin as it’s water based and needs to be absorbed on the deepest layer of the skin; the basal layer which is the active layer. It’s where the collagen and elastin start to grow and move up towards the surface of the skin. The more hyaluronic acid, peptides, ribose, and active ingredients in your serums the better. We need to keep our fibroblasts, melanocytes healthy as they are the source of plump, juicy skin.

An eye cream to me is the most important cream as the eye area is a place that doesn’t have any sebaceous glands (oil gland). These glands help remove old skin cells, keep the skin lubricated and prevent tissues drying out. Therefore, for me, I always use an eyelid lifting serum, eye cream in the night time and eye roll-on gel in the morning. Our eyes can make us look older than we are so it’s important to look after them. It’s very important not to go too close to the eye when applying creams as the skin is very thin. A little bit often makes a big difference.

When applying your serum and cream rub upwards and outwards; be careful not to tug the delicate skin around the eyes.

Apply SPF all year round, it’s the most important step in preventing skin cancer and keeps your skin healthy as you age. Protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays helps maintain a healthy youthful visage. However, it’s important to remember the best form of sun block is to keep your face in the shade.

With all skincare routines, it’s important to keep it consistant. Do it twice a day every day and follow with monthly facials. Your skin is the largest organ on the body. This means that it’s important to take good care of it.

For more information, or to book a skin consultation or facial, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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What do we mean by ‘Employability’?

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, a member of the Kerry Branch of IGC and a career consultant at Follow @mycareerplan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.




By Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor

According to experts in the area of career development, the term ‘employability’ refers to a set of achievements that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations.

This in turn benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy. At this stage in the year Leaving Cert students are well into the process of trying to decide what step they want to take next. It is a daunting task for many of you because of the variety of choices available and the challenge for young people at 17 or 18 years of age to really know what career they might like. It is important to remember that you aren’t choosing a career for life, you are taking the next step and you will be building on that as your career develops. A big concern for many students and parents is whether they will get a job at the end of their chosen course or pathway. While we have some indications of where there will be skills shortages in the short to medium term, the jobs market is subject to change.


One thing we can be sure of is that, regardless of what pathway you take after the Leaving Cert, be that Further Education courses (FET), traineeships, apprenticeships or university courses, on completion of your training and education you will want to be ‘employable’. In simple terms ‘employability’ depends on your knowledge (what you know) your skills (what you do with what you know) and your attitude (how you approach things). As you research the various options open to you after you finish school, remember you are heading into a working world that values transferable skills which include specialist knowledge in the subject, field of study or technical area you have chosen to follow. It also places huge emphasis on having the ability to analyse, evaluate and use information effectively to problem-solve and to organise and communicate knowledge well. Furthermore, your personal qualities are a core part of your offering to a potential employer – your ability to work on your own initiative, to self-manage, to manage time and meet targets and deadlines. Central to all of this of course is the ability to collaborate, to work and study as part of a team.

If you are struggling to decide between courses or options, focus on finding an area that you really want to find out more about. You will develop a set of transferable skills which will give you flexibility and adaptability as you grow and develop in your career. All of the other things you do will add value to your degree/qualification and that is what will ensure your ‘employability’!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, a member of the Kerry Branch of IGC and a career consultant at Follow @mycareerplan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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