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A stylish virtual twist for this year’s Ladies Day

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Aidan O’Mahony and Denise Healy are this year's judges for the Dawn Milk Virtual Ladies Day 2020.

 

The Dawn Milk Ladies Day at the Killarney Races is one of the most prestigious fashion events in the social calendar and this year will be no different, as the Dawn Milk Ladies Day will continue - but with a stylish virtual twist!

Ladies and gents will this year enter online and there's €500 up for grabs for Best Dressed Lady and also Best Dressed Gent, plus, both winners will also receive two VIP tickets to the Dawn Milk Ladies Day in 2021.

Judges this year are Killarney’s stylish couple Aidan O’Mahony and Denise Healy.

“While we are incredibly disappointed not to be able to welcome our loyal patrons, sponsors and guests to Killarney this year, we are very much looking forward to getting back to racing,” Philip O’Brien, Racing Manager at the Killarney Racecourse, said.

“Killarney has a long history of high-quality racing and this will be no different in 2020. Even though we are racing behind closed doors on July 7, 13 and 15, we are so happy that our wonderful sponsors of 27 years Dawn Milk, have yet again supported our July Ladies Day this year. The event is always the highlight in the social calendar for so many. We hope that people enjoy taking part in the Dawn Milk Virtual Ladies Day and bring the glitz and glamour that Killarney is famous for into their homes!”

To enter the Dawn Milk Virtual Ladies Day, ladies and gents should complete the following steps.

Firstly, style the perfect racing outfit. Secondly, pick up one of the new Dawn Milk 1 litre cartons. Thirdly, strike a pose and include one of the new Dawn Milk 1 litre cartons in your entry photo. Ladies and gents can either email their entry photo with details of their outfit and contact details to dawnmilkladiesday2020@gmail.com or upload your photo and outfit details on your Instagram or Facebook page and include #dawnmilkladiesday2020 in your post.

Entries will be accepted from today until 5pm next Wednesday, July 15. The winner of the Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Gent will be announced on social media on Thursday, July 16.

John O’Sullivan, General Manager, Dawn Milk added that Dawn Milk has sponsored Ladies Day in Killarney for 27 years making it one of the longest Ladies Day patronages in Ireland.

"Year after year the event has had a positive impact on the local economy supporting boutiques, designers, milliners, hair stylists, beauty and make-up artists, and the hospitality industry. Dawn Milk is a local brand and we understand the importance of supporting local businesses. This year we are hoping that by hosting the Dawn Milk Virtual Ladies Day 2020, the event will continue to boost our local economy in Kerry as businesses open their doors once again.”

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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