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Aishling takes a ‘Dip a Day’ for Pieta House fundraiser

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By Sean Moriarty

A Mid-Kerry woman, who is aiming to swim every day for a year, will include Dundag Beach in her ‘Dip A Day’ fundraiser for Pieta House.

Aishling Clifford started sea swimming on August 6 last year at Rossbeigh. During the 5km restrictions she was unable to get to her local beach so she started swimming in Caragh Lake instead.

When inter-county restrictions were lifted she was able to broaden her horizons and since last August has swam in either a lake or the sea every day. So far she has clocked up 47 different swimming locations across the entire country.

As she nears her one year anniversary of her ‘Dip a Day’ challenge, she has decided to raise funds for Pieta House over the 40 days leading in to the anniversary.

Her best friend Stephanie O’Sullivan died tragically 10 years ago and Aishling wanted to remember her while raising funds for the national suicide awareness charity.

“When we were growing up there was no help for mental health sufferers, we knew nothing about it,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “A lot of people are suffering because of lockdown.”

She will swim at Dundag Bay near Muckross House on July 17 as part of the fundraiser and is calling on all local swimmers to join her at 9.30am on the day.

“Before lockdown, you would not find me near the water,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “Caragh Lake became my second home. It was very cold in February and March. Rossbeigh is like a sauna after swimming in the lakes.”

Donations to 'Dip a Day’ can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aishling-clifford.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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