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Bird’s Amusements hopeful of a summer in Killarney




By Sean Moriarty

Bird’s Amusements, who have been coming to Killarney town for 83 years - are hopeful they can maintain their long tradition this summer and are in active discussions with Kerry County Council and Killarney Municipal District officials.

Ireland’s largest travelling fun fair has never missed a summer in Killarney since their first visit in 1937.

The fair, currently operated by founder William Bird’s grandson Don and his children, usually operates in the Fair Hill car park.

In preparation for a hopeful restart the fun fair has introduced a range of measures including appointing several staff member as COVID-19 compliance officers. They have worked with the Irish Showman’s Guild to come up with a range of plans that will see all members of this umbrella group operate to some degree this season.

The family’s permanent fun fair in Tramore County Waterford is operational since late last month and Don Bird is “optimistically hopeful” this will help get the necessary permits to operate in Kerry this year.

“We understand that the Council is very busy trying to reopen the town and we are just another peripheral operation in all of that,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “My colleague, who looks after the paperwork is quietly confident we will get permits but I prefer to take a more cautious approach – I am optimistically confidant.”

One of the main problems is insurance. They have suspended their cover until they get back up and running but the Council may not grant a permit without insurance in place.

“I would have to spend an awful lot of money to reactivate it and then find I could not start up for the summer,” he added. “I have been given a letter of goodwill from my broker showing that cover can be put in place. I don’t want to put the Council officials under pressure either – they have enough to do to get the town reopened.”

Bird’s Amusements have used Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to plan proposed layouts in the Fairhill car park. This has helped them identify areas in the fairground that may not be complaint with social distancing measures.

Most of their fleet has been parked at their depot near Birdhill in Tipperary since the shutdown – they were due to operate at St Patrick’s Day festivals in Dublin and Bray but that never happened and instead used the down time to train staff and try new methods of operation.

“We tested loads of different scenarios – some PPE does not work in a fairground – there is no point in wearing a face shield that will fly off when on a ride,” he added.

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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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