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Amy’s creative TikTok video goes viral with over 11m views



VIRAL VIDEO: Amy Cronin from Coolcorcoran was amazed after getting over 11m views on popular social media App TikTok including a comment from influencer James Charles. Photo: Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean

A 17-year-old Killarney girl - who has only been active on social media App TikTok for two months - was this week stunned to get over 11m views on her video as well as a comment from a global beauty influencer.

Yesterday afternoon (Thursday), Amy Cronin, who is preparing to go into Leaving Cert in Killarney Community College, was left speechless when the creative make-up video she posted late on Tuesday night hit 10m views and received 2.6m likes.


However, since the Killarney Advertiser went to print the numbers keep on rising and currently Amy's views are now over 11 million, with 3.4m likes, almost 20,000 comments, and she now has over 102k followers.


Her stunning face design is a take on American Internet personality, beauty YouTuber and make-up artist James Charles who has 21.6m followers worldwide.

Never in her wildest dreams did she think he'd see her video titled 'Day 1 of recreating James Charles looks until he notices me' - and he did almost immediately!

For Amy, the comment was something that she could have only dreamed of.


"Okay well I noticed you and you killed it but can we please pretend like I didn't so you can keep creating looks?" James Charles said.

Amy says when she heard he commented on her personal post she thought it was a joke at first as it's almost impossible that he can find her out of his 21.6m followers.


"I made the video Monday night, it took me two and a half hours to do the make-up," Amy, daughter of Joe and Lorraine, told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).

"I saved it in my drafts and posted it late on Tuesday night before I went to bed and it had about 900 views. Usually I average 1000. I woke up and I was after getting about 20k. I was shocked and saying "Oh my God". There was a lot of comments and the views just kept going up and up. Then I was on TikTok live and people were saying James Charles commented. I didn't know what to say I was speechless."  

Now Amy is hoping to become a make-up artist herself and aims to have his success.

"He has a show called 'Instant Influencer' and people are telling me to audition as I want to be a make-up artist."



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Killarney woman completes every parkrun in the country

By Sean Moriarty A Killarney woman has entered the record books after completing every parkrun in the country – and more. There are one hundred open parkruns in Ireland and […]




By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney woman has entered the record books after completing every parkrun in the country – and more.

There are one hundred open parkruns in Ireland and a further three that take place behind closed doors in prisons and in health institutions and Majella Moloney has completed all of them.

On Saturday last she completed the Irish list by finishing the Borrisokane run in County Offaly.

She was inspired to take up parkruns by her work colleague Stephen Byrne after suffering a personal crisis in 2017.

“It is so good for my mental health, I can’t explain the feel good factor,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “My personal circumstances changed dramatically in January 2017 and I needed to do something for my mental health.”

She has also done parkruns all over Europe; in total she has participated in 178 runs in countries like Britain, Germany, Poland and Italy.

She has also volunteered for 180 parkruns, often acting as ‘tail walker’ on the event she had entered.

In March this year Majella completed her parkrun Alphabet Challenge by participating in a parkrun in 26 different cities – one for each letter – York in England and Zielona Góra in Western Poland were the two most difficult letters to tick off.

“parkrun has helped me so much,” she added, “I have made friends all over the world.”

Later this year she will join her English friends Don and Sue Esslemont on a parkrun in Britain.

“Sue is doing her 500th walk this year. I first met them in Buncrana [County Donegal] and they encouraged me to travel to more events – it is one big family.”

She also paid tribute to Bertie and Bairbre Hickey from Tralee who have joined her on over 20 runs across Ireland.


A new parkrun for four to 14-year-olds has been launched in Killarney.

The first local junior parkrun will take place in Killarney House and Gardens on Sunday at 9.30am.

“Tralee has been holding junior parkruns for a while now but this is a first for Killarney,” Majella said.

The adult Killarney parkrun will take place as usual on Saturdays.


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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, […]




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.”


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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