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All-Ireland medal winner to lead Spa/Killarney Handball Club

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By Con Dennehy

Spa/Killarney Handball Club reflected on a season of mixed fortunes and emotions when the club hosted their AGM in the Spa GAA Facility at the weekend.

It was a case of revolving chairs during the election of officers when the Vice Chairman, Brendan O’Donoghue, defeated outgoing Chairman Tadgh O’Sullivan for the position of Chairman.

In 2019 Brendan O’Donoghue, competing in the Master A competition, became the first Spa/Killarney man to win a Munster championship medal and sometime later won an All-Ireland silver medal in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

Tadgh O’Sullivan, one of the hardest working and highly respected handball officials in Kerry, was a founder member of the club and is widely credited for the growth and success of the club since its inception in 2018. He also oversaw the development of two magnificent Indoor Handball Walls in the Spa GAA Complex.

Eoin O’Donoghue, son of Brendan, was appointed PRO having previously served as secretary.

The officers elected at the AGM were Brendan O’Donoghue (Chairman), Sinead Moriarty (Vice Chairperson), Aoife Walsh (Secretary), Eoin O’Donoghue (PRO) and James O’Brien (Treasurer).

“Among the plans for this season is the recruitment of new members, particularly in the adult ranks. We have training sessions each Monday and Friday night from 7pm and new members are welcome,” Eoin O’Donoghue said.

“We are also planning to participate in the International Handball Tournament in London next May. One element of handball we are particularly excited about is the development of a new handball wall at Lissavigeen National School. This will have far reaching benefits for the sport in the region.”

Congratulations were also extended to Aoife Walsh and Sinead Moriarty who won major titles at the recent 'She’s Ace' All Ladies handball championships in Tyrone.

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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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Annual Christmas motorbike charity road run launched

The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18. The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in […]

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The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18.

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort and Eagle Lodge in Tralee.

Now in its sixth year, the run, which is organised by an amalgamation of several Kerry motorcycle clubs under the banner of Kerry Bikers, will visit Killarney.

The run gets underway at 10.30am from Tralee. The first stop off is in Sheahan’s Centra on the Muckross Road where the Tralee group will be joined by local motorcyclists before setting off on a yet to be decided route.

“We will announce the route in Killarney. Last year we went to Killorglin, Farranfore and Castleisland. This year Abbeyfeale and Listowel may be in reach and if so we will make donations to Nano Nagle Special School too,” organiser Dave Foley said.

Over one hundred motorcycles are expected to take part in the run. Last year the full convoy measured 1.6km from start to finish.

“We hope to exceed that this year,” added Foley

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